Glomerular filtration rate: comparison of simultaneous plasma clearance of 99mTc-DTPA and 51Cr-EDTA revisited

Jane A. Simonsen*, Kasper Thilsing-Hansen, Poul F. Høilund-Carlsen, Oke Gerke, Thomas L. Andersen

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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.

TidsskriftScandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)408-411
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2020

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