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5 mL blood in lithium heparin or plain tube.



Reference Interval:

Dependent on age, see Table 6.


Detection of decreased glomerular filtration. Glomerular filtration rate can be estimated (eGFR) using the CKD-EPI Algorithm.

An approximate assessment of creatinine clearance can be calculated directly from plasma creatinine using a formula (eg, Cockcroft-Gault).

See Creatinine clearance.


Increased creatinine levels occur in conditions which decrease the glomerular filtration rate. These may be pre-renal (eg, hypovolaemia, hypotension), renal or post-renal (eg, obstruction).

An artefactual increase in creatinine is seen with some methods in the presence of ketones and some cephalosporins - consult pathologist.

Levels are lower in patients with a reduced muscle mass (eg, the elderly) and this may conceal impairment of renal function.

See also Table 1.


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