Reported serum creatinine concentrations can sometimes vary considerably, even when the renal function does less so or even not. This variation is partly due to true changes in actual serum concentration, and partly due to interferences in the measurement technique, thus not reflecting a true change in concentration. Increased or decreased endogenous creatinine production, ingested creatinine sources through meat eating or certain creatine formulations, and interference by either browning of chromogenic substances in Jaffe measurement techniques or promotors and inhibitors of enzymatic reaction methods do play a role. Reliable serum creatinine measurements are needed for renal function estimating equations. In screening circumstances and daily practice, chronic kidney disease staging is based on these estimated glomerular filtration rate values. Given the possible influences on reported serum creatinine concentrations, it is important for health care workers to remain critical when interpreting outcomes of renal function estimating equations and to not see every reported result based on an equation as a true reflection of renal function.
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