In adults, the best equation for estimating glomerular filtration rate (GFR) from serum creatinine is the isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS)-traceable Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) Study equation1. All laboratories should be using creatinine methods calibrated to be IDMS traceable. Read more about creatinine standardization.
This IDMS-traceable MDRD study equation calculator should be used when Scr is reported in µmol/L.
GFR (mL/min/1.73 m2) = 175 × (Scr/88.4)-1.154 × (Age)-0.203 × (0.742 if female) × (1.212 if African American) (SI units)
The equation does not require weight because the results are reported normalized to 1.73 m2 body surface area, which is an accepted average adult surface area.
1.Levey AS, Coresh J, Greene T, Stevens LA, Zhang YL, Hendriksen S, Kusek JW, Van Lente F; Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration. Using standardized serum creatinine values in the modification of diet in renal disease study equation for estimating glomerular filtration rate. Ann Intern Med. 2006 Aug 15;145(4):247–54.
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