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A Comparative Study of Serum Cystatin C with Serum Creatinine as an Early Marker of Acute Renal Dysfunction in Intensive Care Patients

Arun Sinha, C Vibha, HL Vishwanath, B Prabhakar

Citation Information : Sinha A, Vibha C, Vishwanath H, Prabhakar B. A Comparative Study of Serum Cystatin C with Serum Creatinine as an Early Marker of Acute Renal Dysfunction in Intensive Care Patients. Indian J Med Biochem 2020; 24 (3):115-118.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10054-0140

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Introduction: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a very common complication occurring in medical intensive care, causing significant morbidity and mortality. Several biomarkers have been studied for their utility in diagnosing acute renal failure but without much success. Still, serum creatinine is the marker of choice despite having several shortcomings. In this study, we have tried to see the usefulness of serum cystatin C in comparison to serum creatinine as an early marker of AK. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted involving 50 cases admitted in the ICU of our hospitals and their Cystatin C and creatinine was estimated. The results were compared with cystatin c and creatinine values of healthy controls. Results: In cases, the mean cystatin C was found to be 744.58 ± 321.00 ng/mL. Data showed that 50% of cases had abnormal values for serum cystatin C. Estimation of serum creatinine in cases showed a value of 1.07 ± 0.45 mg/dL with a p = 0.008. Among cases, 20% of patients had abnormal creatinine. Receiver operator curve (ROC) analysis with AUC showed that cystatin C with a cutoff >40 had sensitivity and specificity of 100% and AUC 1.000 (p =1.0) the sensitivity and specificity were 50 and 70%, respectively, and AUC 0.637 (p = 0.013). The creatinine clearance as estimated by both MDRD and CKD EPI formulae were found to be normal in both cases and controls. Conclusion: The results clearly showed that estimation of serum cystatin c in ICU patient could go long way in reducing mortality due to acute renal dysfunction.

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