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      Effect of Prednisone on Renal Function in Man

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          To clarify the rise in plasma creatinine concentration previously observed during prednisone treatment, we studied changes in renal function in Graves’ ophthalmopathy patients before and after 2 weeks of either prednisone 60 mg/day or retrobulbar radiotherapy (controls). Compared to retrobulbar radiotherapy, prednisone treatment was associated with an increase in: (a) plasma creatinine concentration (from 68 ± 4 to 76 ± 4 μmol/l), (b) glomerular filtration rate (GFR, from 93 ± 4 to 102 ± 5 ml/min/1.73 m<sup>2</sup>), and (c) urinary creatinine excretion rate (from 510 ± 40 to 570 ± 40 μmol/h). We conclude that GFR rises during 2 weeks of high-dose prednisone administration, a rise that is not reflected by a decrease in plasma creatinine concentration. On the contrary, both plasma creatinine concentration and urinary creatinine excretion increase, probably as a result of the catabolic effect of prednisone. As established by the present study, prednisone 60 mg/day is associated with protein wasting, also after 14 days of treatment.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          1993
          1993
          12 December 2008
          : 65
          : 2
          : 254-259
          Affiliations
          Departments of aNephrology, bEndocrinology and cClinical Chemistry, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
          Article
          187484 Nephron 1993;65:254–259
          10.1159/000187484
          8247189
          © 1993 S. Karger AG, Basel

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