Comparison of the estimating glomerular filtration rate in children by different methods

Klinika Pediatrii, Nefrologii i Alergologii Dziecięcej, Wojskowy Instytut Medyczny, Warszawa.
Kierownik Kliniki: prof. dr hab. n. med. Anna Jung
Adres do korespondencji: Klinika Pediatrii, Nefrologii i Alergologii Dziecięcej CSK MON WIM, ul. Szaserów 128, 04-141 Warszawa, tel.: 22 681 72 36, faks: 22 681 67 63, e-mail:
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Pediatr Med rodz Vol 9 Numer 2, p. 154–159

Assessment of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is a useful way to assess renal function regardless of age. The gold standard is to measure GFR by isotope method, which in view of the considerable inconvenience for the patient and the high cost, is used only in special clinical situations. In clinical practice, the so-called estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is used, calculated from serum creatinine level based on one of the many available formulas. In adults, MDRD and Cockcroft-Gault formulas are the most common. In children the commonly used formula to estimate GFR is the Schwartz formula, calculation of which only requires the serum creatinine level and height of the child. The limitations of the methods are their lack of precision, especially in patients with normal or slightly reduced GFR. Recently, in the literature there appeared reports of alternative methods for calculating the estimated GFR. In this paper we compare different ways of calculating eGFR in children with normal or mildly impaired renal function. To calculate eGFR three models were used: the modified Schwartz formula, a new generalized quadratic model by Gao et al. and the height-independent model proposed by Pottel et al. The obtained values were compared with obtained values by glomerular filtration isotope method. The most similar results to the standard were in the group, in which eGFR was calculated by method of Gao et al.

Keywords: estimating glomerular filtration rate, creatinine clearance, children, chronic kidney disease, revised Schwartz formula