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Evaluation of various equations for estimating renal function in elderly Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus

Authors Guo M, Niu JY, Ye XW, Han XJ, Zha Y, Hong Y, Fang H, Gu Y

Received 24 April 2017

Accepted for publication 18 June 2017

Published 9 October 2017 Volume 2017:12 Pages 1661—1672


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Mei Guo,1 Jian-Ying Niu,2 Xian-Wu Ye,2 Xiao-Jie Han,2 Ying Zha,2 Yang Hong,2 Hong Fang,3 Yong Gu2,4

1Zhongshan-Xuhui Hospital, Affiliated with Fudan University, 2The Fifth People’s Hospital of Shanghai, Fudan University, 3Shanghai Minhang Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 4Department of Nephrology, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Background: The clinical assessment of kidney function based on the estimated glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in older patients remains controversial. This study evaluated the concordance and feasibility of using various creatinine-based equations for estimating GFR in elderly Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
Methods: A cross-sectional analytical study was conducted in 21,723 older diabetic patients (≥60 years) based on electronic health records (EHR) for Minhang District, Shanghai, China. The concordance of chronic kidney disease (CKD) classification among different creatinine-based equations was assessed based on Kappa values, intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) statistics, and the eGFR agreement between the equations was tested using Bland–Altman plots. The GFR was estimated using the Cockcroft–Gault (CG), Berlin Initiative Study 1 (BIS1), simplified Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD), MDRD modified for Chinese populations (mMDRD), chronic kidney disease epidemiology collaboration (CKD-EPI), CKD-EPI in Asians (CKD-EPI-Asia), and Ruijin equations.
Results: Overall, the proportion of CKD stages 3–5 (eGFR <60 mL/min/1.73 m2) was calculated as 28.9%, 39.1%, 11.8%, 8.4%, 14.3%, 11.5%, and 12.7% by the eGFRCG, eGFRBIS1, eGFRMDRD, eGFRmMDRD, eGFRCKD-EPI, eGFRCKD-EPI-Asia, and eGFRRuijin equations, respectively. The concordance of albuminuria and decreased eGFR based on the different equations was poor by both the Kappa (<0.2) and ICC (<0.4) statistics. The CKD-EPI-Asia equation resulted in excellent concordance with the CKD-EPI (ICC =0.931), MDRD (ICC =0.963), mMDRD (ICC =0.892), and Ruijin (ICC =0.956) equations for the classification of CKD stages, whereas the BIS1 equation exhibited good concordance with the CG equation (ICC =0.809). In addition, significant differences were observed for CKD stage 1 among all these equations.
Conclusion: Accurate GFR values are difficult to estimate using creatinine-based equations in older diabetic patients. Kidney function is complex, and the staff need to be aware of the individualized consideration of other risk factors or markers of reduced renal function in clinical practice.

Keywords: estimated glomerular filtration rate, renal function, elderly, type 2 diabetes mellitus, electronic health records

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