Renal function affects many areas of health, disease and medicine and is itself affected by many. The term renal function often refers to acid-base/electrolyte/water homeostasis and excretion. However, the kidney is also intimately involved in erythropoiesis and vitamin D metabolism (and some other metabolic processes).
Determining the patient's renal function in order to descide on treatment or action is a common, less than perfectly simple, activity.
Measurement of renal function in clinical practice
Estimation of renal function in clinical practice
An estimated glomerular filtration rate can be derived by various formulae.
- ↑ J Traynor, R Mactier, C C Geddes, J G Fox. How to measure renal function in clinical practice. BMJ 2006 Oct 7;333(7571):733-7. Full text available to members/subscribers at BMJ website.