Albumin, random urine; albumin:creatinine ratio; creatinine, serum; creatinine, urine; cystatin C; eGFR Creatinine-Cystatin C Calculation
2 - 5 days
Turnaround time is defined as the usual number of days from the date of pickup of a specimen for testing to when the result is released to the ordering provider. In some cases, additional time should be allowed for additional confirmatory or additional reflex tests. Testing schedules may vary.
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Serum or plasma and urine (random)
1.5 mL (serum or plasma); 10 mL (urine)
1 mL (serum or plasma); 2 mL (urine)
Red-top tube, gel barrier tube, or green-top (heparin) tube and plastic urine container
Separate serum or plasma from red blood cells. Collect random urine without preservatives. pH must be 4-8.
Specimen other than serum or heparinized plasma; grossly hemolyzed (>1,000 mg/dL Hgb) samples; excessive turbidity and clots in samples or bloody urine
An estimated 37 million U.S. adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD). In addition to cardiovascular-associated events, they are at risk for kidney failure or end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) requiring dialysis or kidney transplant. In the 2015-2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, prevalence of CKD stages G1-4 was 14.2% among adult participants. One in three U.S. adults is at risk for CKD due to prevalent risk factors such as diabetes and/or high blood pressure. The incidence of CKD is projected to increase during the next 20 years because of increasing obesity rates and an aging U.S. population.1
Early-stage CKD is often asymptomatic, making laboratory testing imperative for at-risk patients.This typically includes two tests, a serum creatinine with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), a test of kidney function, and a urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (uACR), a test of kidney damage. While eGFR results are commonly reported as part of metabolic panels, this test alone is insufficient for CKD detection: The presence of albuminuria reflects endothelial inflammation that may cause proximal tubular damage and progressive kidney function loss.1
Asymptomatic individuals with diabetes, hypertension, family history of kidney disease and cardiovascular disease are considered to be at high risk for CKD and should be tested at least annually for eGFR and albuminuria.2 Additionally, total urine protein measurements may be warranted in some individuals to detect other etiologies of CKD missed by urine albumin measurements.3
The Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) clinical practice guidelines suggest measurement of cystatin C, an alternative endogenous filtration marker, in specific circumstances when GFR estimates based on serum creatinine are thought to be less accurate and when decisions depend on more accurate knowledge of GFR, such as confirmation of CKD diagnosis, determining eligibility for transplant or adjusting dosage of drugs excreted by the kidney.4
A 2021 report from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Task Force on Reassessing the Inclusion of Race in Diagnosing Kidney Diseases recommended increased, routine and timely use of cystatin C combined with creatinine as a confirmatory assessment of kidney function, because combining filtration markers (creatinine and cystatin C) for eGFR calculation is more accurate and would support better clinical decisions than either marker alone. A new eGFR equation, the CKD-EPI 2021 eGFR creatinine-cystatin C equation without a race variable, was recommended for clinical use.5,6 More recently, the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium reported that the use of the new eGFR creatinine-cystatin C equation had significantly greater discrimination of risk of kidney failure with replacement therapy compared to creatinine only based eGFR equations, supporting the Task Force recommendations to increase cystatin testing.7
Cystatin C has not been shown to be affected by factors such as muscle mass and nutrition, factors which have been demonstrated to affect creatinine values. In addition, a rise in creatinine does not become evident until the GFR has fallen by approximately 50%.
Creatinine: kinetic jafffe; Cystatin C: immunologic; Albumin: immunotubidimetric
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