The glomerular filtration rate (GFR) estimating equation incorporating both cystatin C and creatinine perform better than those using creatinine or cystatin C alone in patients with reduced GFR. Whether this equation performs well in kidney transplant recipients cross-sectionally, and more importantly, over time has not been addressed.
We analyzed four GFR estimating equations in participants of the Angiotensin II Blockade for Chronic Allograft Nephropathy Trial (NCT 00067990): Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration equations based on serum cystatin C and creatinine (eGFR (CKD-EPI-Creat+CysC)), cystatin C alone (eGFR (CKD-EPI-CysC)), creatinine alone (eGFR (CKD-EPI-Creat)) and the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease study equation (eGFR(MDRD)). Iothalamate GFR served as a standard (mGFR).
mGFR, serum creatinine, and cystatin C shortly after transplant were 56.1 ± 17.0 mL/min/1.73 m2, 1.2 ± 0.4 mg/dL, and 1.2 ± 0.3 mg/L respectively. eGFR (CKD-EPI-Creat+CysC) was most precise (R2=0.50) but slightly more biased than eGFR (MDRD); 9.0 ± 12.7 ml/min/1.73m2 vs. 6.4 ± 15.8 ml/min/1.73m2, respectively. This improved precision was most evident in recipients with mGFR >60 ml/min/1.73m2. For relative accuracy, eGFR (MDRD) and eGFR (CKD-EPI-Creat+CysC) had the highest percentage of estimates falling within 30% of mGFR; 75.8% and 68.9%, respectively. Longitudinally, equations incorporating cystatin C most closely paralleled the change in mGFR.
eGFR (CKD-EPI-Creat+CysC) is more precise and reflects GFR change over time reasonably well. eGFR (MDRD) had superior performance in recipients with mGFR between 30–60 ml/min/1.73m2.