Creatinine-versus cystatin C-based renal function assessment in the Northern Manhattan Study

S. Ali Husain, Joshua Z. Willey, Yeseon Park Moon, Mitchell S.V. Elkind, Ralph L Sacco, Myles Wolf, Ken Cheung, Clinton B Wright, Sumit Mohan

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Background: Accurate glomerular filtration rate estimation informs drug dosing and risk stratification. Body composition heterogeneity influences creatinine production and the precision of creatinine-based estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFRcr) in the elderly. We compared chronic kidney disease (CKD) categorization using eGFRcrand cystatin C-based estimated GFR (eGFRcys) in an elderly, racially/ethnically diverse cohort to determine their concordance. Methods: The Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS) is a predominantly elderly, multi-ethnic cohort with a primary aim to study cardiovascular disease epidemiology. We included participants with concurrently measured creatinine and cystatin C. eGFRcr was calculated using the CKD-EPI2009 equation. eGFRcys was calculated using the CKD-EPI 2012 equation. Logistic regression was used to estimate odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals of factors associated with reclassification from eGFRcr≥60ml/min/1.73m2 to eGFRcys<60ml/min/1.73m2. Results: Participants (n = 2988, mean age 69±10yrs) were predominantly Hispanic, female, and overweight/obese. eGFRcys was lower than eGFRcr by mean 23mL/min/1.73m2.51% of participants' CKD status was discordant, and only 28% maintained the same CKD stage by both measures. Most participants (78%) had eGFRcr≥60mL/min/1.73m2; among these, 64% had eGFRcys<60mL/min/1.73m2. Among participants with eGFRcr≥60mL/min/1.73m2, eGFRcys-based reclassification was more likely in those with age >65 years, obesity, current smoking, white race, and female sex. Conclusions: In a large, multiethnic, elderly cohort, we found a highly discrepant prevalence of CKD with eGFRcys versus eGFRcr. Determining the optimal method to estimate GFR in elderly populations needs urgent further study to improve risk stratification and drug dosing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0206839
JournalPLoS One
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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    Husain, S. A., Willey, J. Z., Moon, Y. P., Elkind, M. S. V., Sacco, R. L., Wolf, M., Cheung, K., Wright, C. B., & Mohan, S. (2018). Creatinine-versus cystatin C-based renal function assessment in the Northern Manhattan Study. PLoS One, 13(11), [e0206839].