The validity of pediatric estimated glomerular filtration rate equations (eGFRs) in early stages of CKD including hyperfiltration is unknown. The purpose of this study was to develop an eGFR equation for adolescents with obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D).
eGFRs were developed from iohexol-derived GFRs (iGFRs) in 26 overweight/obese (BMI > 85th percentile) youth and 100 with T2D from the iCARE (Improving renal Complications in Adolescents with T2D through REsearch) cohort. Twenty percent of the cohort was withheld as a validation dataset. Linear regression analyses were used to develop the best formula based on body size, sex, creatinine, urea, ± cystatin C. Comparable validity of commonly used eGFR equations was assessed.
Mean age 15.4 + 2.4 years, BMI Z-score 2.5 + 1.2, 61% female, and mean iGFR 129.0 + 27.7 ml/min/ 1.73 m2. The best adjusted eGFR formula (ml/min/1.73 m2) was 50.7 × BSA0.816 × (height (cm)/creatinine)0.405 × 0.8994 if sex = female | 1 otherwise. It resulted in 53.8% of eGFRs within 10% of measured iGFR and 96.2% within 30%. Bland-Altman 95% limits of agreement in the external dataset were – 37.6 to 45.5 ml/min/1.73m2 (bias = 3.96), and the correlation was 0.62. This equation performed better than all previously published creatinine-based eGFRs. cystatin C did not significantly improve results; however, some other cystatin C formulas also performed well.
The iCARE equation provides a more accurate creatinine-based eGFR in obese youth with and without T2D. Further studies are warranted to evaluate within-subject variability and applicability to lower GFRs and other populations.