Multiple Creatinine Clearance Methods and CKD Staging
Staging and Special handling of patients under 60 inches
Patient Name:
Location:
Age:
Scr:
Gender:
Is the serum creatinine (Scr) currently stable:
Height:
Weight:
For MDRD and CKDEPI equation. specify race:
Select serum creatinine reference standard: [
more info]
Staging
Staging: Has the patient had kidney damage or
GFR <60 ml/min/1.73m
^{2 }for ≥ 3 months:
Chronic kidney disease: "defined as kidney damage or GFR < 60 ml/min/1.73m^{2 }for ≥3 months.
Kidney damage is defined as pathologic abnormalities or markers of damage,
including abnormalities in blood or urine tests or imaging studies." ^{9}
Restrictions
Restrict the maximum calculated clearance to this value:
Select option for calculating the IBW for patients under 60 inches
(default option  BMI method):
[See reference section]
Creatinine Clearance methods
Cockcroft and Gault equation utilizing the tbw (Total body weight) to
calculate an estimated CrCL  Cockcroft and Gault equation:
CrCl = [(140
 age) x TBW] / (Scr x 72) (x 0.85 for females)
Cockcroft and
Gault equation utilizing the ibw (Ideal body weight) to calculate an
estimated creatinine clearance
Cockcroft and Gault equation:
CrCl =
[(140  age) x IBW] / (Scr x 72) (x 0.85 for females)
Note: if the
ABW (actual body weight) is less than the IBW use the actual body weight for
calculating the CRCL.
Estimate Ideal body weight in (kg)
Males:
IBW = 50 kg + 2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet.
Females: IBW = 45.5 kg +
2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet.
Cockcroft and Gault equation utilizing the adjusted body weight to
calculate an estimated creatinine clearance
CrCl = [(140  age) x AjBW] / (Scr x 72)
Note: (Multiply result by 0.85 for females)
AjBW = adjusted body weight:
AjBW = IBW + 0.4( ABW  IBW)
Estimated IBW:
Males: IBW = 50 kg +
2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet.
Females: IBW = 45.5 kg + 2.3 kg for
each inch over 5 feet.
Some studies have shown that utilizing the
adjusted body weight improves accuracy compared to other commonly used
equations in estimating the creatinine clearance in the elderly population.
Simplified 4variable MDRD study formula:
GFR = 186.3 x (SCR)^{1.154} x (age in
years)^{0.203} x 1.212 (if patient is black) x 0.742 (if female)
Key point: Early statistical analysis shows very promising results. May
represent the most accurate choice of this group. This may be especially
true in chronic kidney disease.
CKDEPI equation:
GFR = 141 x min(Scr/Îº,1)^{Î±} x max(Scr/Îº,1)^{1.209}
x 0.993^{Age} x 1.018 [if
female]
x 1.159 [if black]
Îº = 0.7 if female.
Îº = 0.9 if male.
Î± = 0.329 if female
Î± = 0.411 if male
min = the minimum of Scr/Îº or 1
max = the maximum of Scr/Îº or 1
"BACKGROUND: Equations to estimate glomerular filtration
rate (GFR) are routinely used to assess kidney function. Current
equations have limited precision and systematically underestimate
measured GFR at higher values."^{ 1}
"CONCLUSION: The CKDEPI creatinine equation is more accurate than
the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease Study equation and could
replace it for routine clinical use."^{ 13}
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"An LBW estimate, based on TBW and BMI,
incorporated into the CockcroftGault equation provided an unbiased,
relatively precise, accurate, and clinically practical estimate of
24hour measured CLcr in morbidly obese patients."
Lean body weight  male:
9270 x tbw/6680 + 216 x BMI
Lean body weight  female:
9270 x tbw/8780 + 244 x BMI
Obese study population: As expected, use of CockcroftGault_{TBW}
grossly overestimated measured CL_{cr}. The CockcroftGaultABW_{0.3},
CockcroftGaultABW_{0.4}, and SalazarCorcoran
equations all overestimated measured CL_{cr} values in the study patients. In
contrast, the CockcroftGault_{IBW} and the MDRD4 equations
underestimated measured CL_{cr} values. The CockcroftGault_{LBW}
equation was the most precise, and the MDRD4 equation was the least. The
CockcroftGault_{FFW} and Cockcroft Gault_{LBW}
equations yielded the highest accuracy (5561%), in yielding values that
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"Conclusion. Using the CockcroftGault equation with no
body weight (NBW) and actual Scr value most closely estimated measured
Clcr. In obese patients, it may be reasonable to use actual body weight
with a correction factor of 0.3 or 0.4 and actual Scr value in the
CockcroftGault equation. Based on this analysis, the use of total body
weight, ideal body weight, and a rounded Scr value cannot be
recommended." 

Winter MA, Guhr KN, Berg GM. Impact of various body weights and
serum creatinine concentrations on the bias and accuracy of the
CockcroftGault equation. Pharmacotherapy 2012; 32: 604612 [PMID:
22576791 DOI: 10.1002/j.18759114.2012.01098.x]
Quotes: [Largest study so far....total of
3678 patients] Regarding Salazar equation: This equation,
however, was not consistently shown in studies to be a
superior predictor of renal function. It is not widely used in
clinical practice and has not been validated in
pharmacokinetic studies. In addition, the SalazarCorcoran
equation is not recognized by the National Kidney Foundation.
Regarding CG LBW equation: Our findings do
not support those conclusions and are different from a recent
investigation of Clcr in 54 morbidly obese patients that found
that adjusting an obese patientâ€™s weight to a fatfree weight
or lean body weight predicted a Clcr calculated with the CG
equation without bias. Notably,
our study included 2065 obese or morbidly obese patients, far
more than other published studies.
Conclusions: An unbiased CG Clcr can be
calculated using actual body weight in underweight patients
and ideal body weight in patients of normal weight. Using
ABW0.4 for overweight, obese, and morbidly obese patients
appears to be the least biased and most accurate method for
calculating their CG Clcr. Rounding Scr in patients with low
Scr did not improve accuracy or bias of the Clcr calculations.

Background info for height less than 60 inches
If the actual body
weight is less than any of the calculation methods, the actual body
weight will be used.
Discussion of the various methods: The
output of this section is based on research I had completed ~20 years
ago on this subject. A quick review of the recent literature has
not changed or added any new methods for estimating an ideal body weight
for patients less than 60 inches tall. Note: naming convention is
based on my earlier work...
1]
Intuitive Method:
Reference: Murdaugh LB. Competence Assessment Tools for
HealthSystem Pharmacies. 5th ed. Bethesda, MD: ASHP; 2015. [Chap:29 Medication
dosing in Patients with Renal Dysfunction]
IBW (Male) = 50kg  2.3kg for each inch below 60 inches
IBW (Female) = 45.5kg  2.3kg for each inch below 60 inches
Comments: For patients just a few inches below 60
inches, the result is reasonable, however, 2.3 kg/inch is excessive when
used for shorter heights. At 38 inches for a male, and 40 inches
for a female, the IBW is ZERO. This provides support for the
next method below.
2]
Baseline Method:
The baseline method starts with the initial ideal body weight baseline
values e.g. 60 inch male patient  50kg and 60 inch female patient 
45.5kg. Male patient: 50kg /60 inches = 0.833 kg/inch.
Female patient = 45.5kg/60 inches = 0.758 kg/inch. Therefore
a male patient  55 inches: IBW = 50kg  (0.833 x 5) = 45.8kg versus the
first method = 50kg  (2.3 x 5) = 38.5 kg.
[Reference: reasonable assumption based on the standard ideal body weight
equations and the baseline weights established for a height of 60 inches.
Also review: Murphy JE. Introduction. In: Murphy JE, ed. Clinical Pharmacokinetics, 5th ed. Bethesda, MD: American Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists, 2011:xxxiv.
 Note: for patients who are less than 60 inches tall, the weight should be decreased more conservatively than 2.3kg/inch.]
3]
BMI method:
References:
Wiggins, K. L. (2004). Renal care: Resources and practical applications.
Chicago: American Dietetic Association. pg 12.
Barash, P. G., Cullen, B. F., & Stoelting, R. K. (1989). Clinical anesthesia.
Philadelphia: Lippincott. chap:47:1231
Remember that BMI = weight(kg)/height
^{2} (meters squared).
Next, we will establish an 'ideal' BMI based on values in the standard
IBW equations: Male: 60 inches  50kg  BMI= 21.53. Female:
60 inches  45.5kg  BMI= 19.59. We can then use this association
to generate an equivalent ideal weight based on this standardized BMI
and the height of the patient. Using the example above (55 inch
male patient):
IBW = 21.53 (BMI value above) x (55 x 0.0254)
^{2} =
42 kg.
Background info: the body mass index quantifies the amount of tissue mass at a
particular height (units: kg/m
^{2}). Example: the following
patients all have a BMI ~ 21: 130 lbs  5'6", 163 lbs  6'2",
107 lbs  5'.
BMI

19

20

21

Height
(inches)

Body
Weight (pounds)

58 
91 
96 
100 
59 
94 
99 
104 
60 
97 
102 
107 
61 
100 
106 
111 
62 
104 
109 
115 
63 
107 
113 
118 
64 
110 
116 
122 
65 
114 
120 
126 
66 
118 
124 
130 
67 
121 
127 
134 
68 
125 
131 
138 
69 
128 
135 
142 
70 
132 
139 
146 
71 
136 
143 
150 
72 
140 
147 
154 
73 
144 
151 
159 
74 
148 
155 
163 
4]
Hume method:
LBW (Males) = (0.3281 x Weight in kg) + (0.33939 x Height in cm) 
29.5336
LBW (Females) = (0.29569 x Weight in kg) + (0.41813 x Height in cm) 
43.2933
Using the example above: (55 inch male patient): IBW=
36.9 kg
Reference: Hume R. Prediction of lean body mass from height and
weight. J Clin Path(1966), 19, 389.