Kidney disease recommendations find favor with lab leaders

2020 01 16 18 27 4229 Kidney 400

Leaders of pathology and laboratory organizations have endorsed the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Joint Task Force's recommendation to use a race-free equation to diagnose kidney diseases.

Kidney disease is measured by serum creatinine with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFRcr), a test that informs treatment decisions. The most common equations used to calculate eGFRcr in the U.S. include a race coefficient, but "race is a subjective, social construct," the NKF said.

The task force is recommending use of the CKD-EPI 2021 eGFR creatinine equation, which does not include a race coefficient.

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