The issue of whether 99mTc-DTPA can replace 51Cr-EDTA for measurement of plasma clearance as a surrogate for glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is of great relevance to daily clinical practice. Prompted by the shortage of 51Cr-EDTA we conducted a head-to-head comparison in patients attending our department for GFR determination. The two tracers (3.7 MBq of 51Cr-EDTA and 8 MBq of 99mTc-DTPA) were administered intravenously immediately after each other, and the standard number of blood samples were drawn. Fifty-four patients were enrolled. In 51 of these, single-sample measurement was performed with the following results: GFREDTA was 84.6 ± 23.3 mL/min, GFRDTPA was 84.2 ± 24.7 mL/min. The mean difference was 0.4 ± 2.8 mL/min, p = 0.32, and results based on the two tracers were highly correlated (r = 0.995). GFRDTPA exceeded GFREDTA at high GFR values (difference < 0 at GFREDTA >91.4 mL/min) and vice versa (difference > 0 at GFREDTA < 91.4 mL/min). However, differences fell within few GFR units that most often will have no clinical consequence. We therefore conclude that 99mTc-DTPA can replace 51Cr-EDTA for single-sample determination of GFR in a clinical setting.
|Tidsskrift||Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation|
|Status||Udgivet - sep. 2020|