Introduction: The assessment of the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in kidney donor candidates is required for determining donor candidate acceptability. This assessment can be done using an estimated GFR (eGFR) or a measured GFR (mGFR). The primary objective of the present study was to compare, in healthy adult kidney donor candidates, GFR measured by the clearance of iothalamate to GFR estimated using the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration equation and to determine if eGFR was a suitable stand-alone assessment. A secondary objective was to explore demographic factors that affect the relationship of the eGFR and the mGFR. Methods: A retrospective review of kidney donor candidates’ records at the J. C. Walter, Jr., Transplant Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, from January 2013 to March 2016 was undertaken. GFR was measured by the plasma clearance of radioisotopic iothalamate and estimated using the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration equation. Results: The median mGFR was 108 mL/min/1.73 m2. The eGFR underestimated the mGFR by 11.5%. The underestimation was greatest in subjects with an mGFR of ≥90 mL/min/1.73 m2. The eGFR overestimated the mGFR in donor candidates of black race. Conclusions: The Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration eGFR can be used for screening potential kidney donors restricting the use of iothalamate (mGFR) to those donors with an eGFR below the transplant centers’ acceptable GFR threshold for donation, thereby effecting cost savings and greater donor convenience. The eGFR in black donor candidates should be used with caution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3071-3075
Number of pages5
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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