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Creatinine Clearance

Alternate Names : Glomerular Filtration Rate, GFR

Creatinine Clearance | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

What do the test results mean?

The healthy range of glomerular filtration rates for creatinine clearance is as follows:

  • males, 97 to 137 milliliters/minute (mL/min)
  • females, 88 to 128 mL/min
  • Abnormally low glomerular filtration rates may suggest:

  • acute tubular necrosis, which is kidney failure caused by damage to the kidney's tubules
  • heart failure
  • dehydration, which means the body lacks fluids
  • glomerulonephritis, which is an inflammation of the parts of the kidney that filter the blood
  • not having enough blood flow to the kidneys
  • shock, which is a life-threatening condition in which blood pressure falls too low to support life
  • obstructive uropathy, a kidney disease caused by blockage of the kidney's drainage tubes
  • acute nephrotic syndrome, where the kidneys stop being able to perform their filtering role
  • acute kidney failure
  • other types of kidney disease
  • Wilms tumor, a cancer of the kidneys generally seen in infants and young children

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    Author: David T. Moran, MD
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 10/15/02

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