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The early phase of experimental acute renal failure

II. Tubular leakage and the reliability of glomerular markers


Experiments were designed to determine whether leakage of substances across the tubular epithelium, which are impermeant in the normal kidney, falsifies the measurement of glomerular filtration rate in acute renal failure. Permeability to those substances most commonly used for filtration rate determination, polyfructosan, inulin and ferrocyanide, was estimated by measuring their recoveries following perfusion through various nephron segments in haeme pigment, ischaemic and nephrotoxic models of actue renal failure. Late proximal recovery of14C ferrocyanide was only marginally decreased compared to controls, by a maximum of 6%. Distal recovery of polyfructosan,14C and3H inulin were depressed somewhat more, by a maximum of 11%. Urinary recovery of14C inulin was reduced by only 15% in kidneys showing severely restricted renal function. It is concluded that tubular leakage is not a feature of significance in the early phase of moderate acute renal failure, that ferrocyanide and inulin are reliable markers for the determination of nephron filtration rate and water reabsorption, and that the reduction in whole kidney inulin or polyfructosan clearance reflects primarily a reduction in glomerular filtration rate.

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Olbricht, C., Mason, J., Takabatake, T. et al. The early phase of experimental acute renal failure. Pflugers Arch. 372, 251–258 (1977).

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Key words

  • Acute renal failure
  • Tubular leakage
  • Proximal ferrocyanide recovery
  • Distal inulin recovery
  • Urinary inulin recovery