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      Cross-Sectional Evaluation of Kidney Function in Hospitalized Patients: Estimated GFR Versus Renal Scintigraphy

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          Background/Aims: Accurate staging of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is very important. We tried to identify difference in GFR evaluation between CKD-EPI and Gates method with renal scintigraphy and which variables are associated with these differences. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 341 patients who underwent dynamic renal scintigraphy in the last 5 years. Patients were categorized according to KDIGO staging I to V, using the eGFR calculated with the CKD-EPI equation. Secondarily, we stratified patients according to treatment with renin-angiotensin system (RAS) inhibitors. Results: Gates method tends to underestimate GFR especially in CKD stage I (mean -22.2 ml/min) and II (mean -12.5 ml/min). The division in quartiles of ages showed an underestimation of GFR only in the first quartile of age (< 50 years old). Gates method underestimation of GFR was more pronounced in stage I patients treated with RAS inhibitors (mean -34.6 ml/min). The same occurs in stage II, even though to a lesser extent. Conclusion: The assessment of GFR by the Gates method must be carefully considered in the early stages of CKD, especially in younger patients. Moreover, the difference is more pronounced in patients treated with RAS inhibitors. Longitudinal studies will prove which method better predicts cardiovascular or renal events.

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          Comparative performance of the CKD Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) and the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) Study equations for estimating GFR levels above 60 mL/min/1.73 m2.

          The Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) Study equation underestimates measured glomerular filtration rate (GFR) at levels>60 mL/min/1.73 m2, with variable accuracy among subgroups; consequently, estimated GFR (eGFR)>or=60 mL/min/1.73 m2 is not reported by clinical laboratories. Here, performance of a more accurate GFR-estimating equation, the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation, is reported by level of GFR and clinical characteristics. Test of diagnostic accuracy. Pooled data set of 3,896 people from 16 studies with measured GFR (not used for the development of either equation). Subgroups were defined by eGFR, age, sex, race, diabetes, prior solid-organ transplant, and body mass index. eGFR from the CKD-EPI and MDRD Study equations and standardized serum creatinine. Measured GFR using urinary or plasma clearance of exogenous filtration markers. Mean measured GFR was 68+/-36 (SD) mL/min/1.73 m2. For eGFR or=90 mL/min/1.73 m2. Limited number of elderly people and racial and ethnic minorities with measured GFR. The CKD-EPI equation is more accurate than the MDRD Study equation overall and across most subgroups. In contrast to the MDRD Study equation, eGFR>or=60 mL/min/1.73 m2 can be reported using the CKD-EPI equation. Copyright (c) 2010 National Kidney Foundation, Inc. All rights reserved.
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            Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common among patients with impaired renal function. Apixaban, a novel oral anticoagulant with partial renal excretion, was compared with warfarin and reduced the rate stroke, death and bleeding in the ARISTOTLE trial. We evaluated these outcomes in relation to renal function. Baseline glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was estimated using the Cockcroft-Gault and Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equations as well as cystatin C measurements. According to baseline Cockcroft-Gault, there were 7518 patients (42%) with an estimated GFR (eGFR) of >80 mL/min, 7587 (42%) between >50 and 80 mL/min, and 3017 (15%) with an eGFR of ≤50 mL/min. The rate of cardiovascular events and bleeding was higher at impaired renal function (≤80 mL/min). Apixaban was more effective than warfarin in preventing stroke or systemic embolism and reducing mortality irrespective of renal function. These results were consistent, regardless of methods for GFR estimation. Apixaban was associated with less major bleeding events across all ranges of eGFRs. The relative risk reduction in major bleeding was greater in patients with an eGFR of ≤50 mL/min using Cockcroft-Gault {hazard ratio (HR) 0.50 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.38-0.66], interaction P = 0.005} or CKD-EPI equations [HR 0.48 (95% CI 0.37-0.64), interaction P = 0.003]. In patients with AF, renal impairment was associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events and bleeding. When compared with warfarin, apixaban treatment reduced the rate of stroke, death, and major bleeding, regardless of renal function. Patients with impaired renal function seemed to have the greatest reduction in major bleeding with apixaban.
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              Prognosis of CKD patients receiving outpatient nephrology care in Italy.

              Prognosis in nondialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients under regular nephrology care is rarely investigated. Design, setting, participants, & measurements We prospectively followed from 2003 to death or June 2010 a cohort of 1248 patients with CKD stages 3 to 5 and previous nephrology care ≥1 year in 25 Italian outpatient nephrology clinics. Cumulative incidence of ESRD or death before ESRD were estimated using the competing-risk approach. Estimated rates (per 100 patient-years) of ESRD and death 8.3 (95% confidence interval [CI], 7.4 to 9.2) and 5.9 (95% CI 5.2 to 6.6), respectively. Risk of ESRD and death increased progressively from stages 3 to 5. ESRD was more frequent than death in stage 4 and 5 CKD, whereas the opposite was true in stage 3 CKD. Younger age, lower body mass index, proteinuria, and high phosphate predicted ESRD, whereas older age, diabetes, previous cardiovascular disease, ESRD, proteinuria, high uric acid, and anemia predicted death (P < 0.05 for all). Among modifiable risk factors, proteinuria accounted for the greatest contribution to the model fit for either outcome. In patients receiving continuity of care in Italian nephrology clinics, ESRD was a more frequent outcome than death in stage 4 and 5 CKD, but the opposite was true in stage 3. Outcomes were predicted by modifiable risk factors specific to CKD. Proteinuria used in conjunction with estimated GFR refined risk stratification. These findings provide information, specific to CKD patients under regular outpatient nephrology care, for risk stratification that complement recent observations in the general population.

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                Kidney Blood Press Res
                Kidney and Blood Pressure Research
                S. Karger AG
                December 2014
                19 December 2014
                : 39
                : 6
                : 668-676
                aDepartment of Clinical and Experimental Medicine; bDepartment of Economical, Business and Environmental Sciences and Quantitative Methods; cUnit of Nuclear Medicine - University of Messina, Messina, Italy
                355813 Kidney Blood Press Res 2014;39:668-676
                © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Pages: 9
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                Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

                RAS inhibitors, eGFR, CKD-EPI, MDRD, Renal Scintigraphy


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