Creatinine Clearance Calculator
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What is creatinine clearance?Creatinine clearance equation (CockcroftGault equation)Creatinine clearance adjusted for body weightOther creatinine clearance formulasCreatinine clearance – interpretationHow to calculate creatinine clearance – an exampleDirect CrCl calculationThe creatinine clearance calculator finds the creatinine clearance (CrCl), which is an estimate of the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). A commonly used creatinine clearance formula is the CockcroftGault equation.
In the article, you can learn how the estimated CrCl calculation is conducted and how to find it directly using urine creatinine concentration. We are also presenting a stepbystep solution to help you understand how to calculate creatinine clearance.
We try our best to make our Omni Calculators as precise and reliable as possible. However, this tool can never replace a professional doctor's assessment. If any health condition bothers you, consult a physician.
What is creatinine clearance?
Creatinine clearance, or CrCl for short, is a measure of renal function. Kidneys play a significant role in the human body and are responsible for:
 Excreting metabolism waste products;
 Formation of urine;
 Regulation of serum osmolality;
 Maintaining the water and salt level of the body;
 Acidbase balance;
 Blood pressure regulation; and
 Hormone secretion.
The creatinine clearance rate is the volume of blood plasma that is cleared of creatinine per unit time. It is a convenient method of estimating the patient's GFR.
CrCl or GFR are measured when renal disease is suspected or when careful dosing of renally metabolized drugs is required (like in the carboplatin calculator).
Creatinine clearance equation (CockcroftGault equation)
The CockcroftGault equation is named after the scientists Dr. Donald William Cockcroft and Dr. Matthew Henry Gault, who first published the formula in 1976.
Their creatinine clearance formula uses serum creatinine (sCr) measurements and a patient's weight, age and sex to predict the creatinine clearance estimate in mL/min. The CrCl equation looks like this:
CrCl = (140  age) × weight × sex / (72 × sCr)
The coefficient sex
equals 0.85 for females or 1 for males.
Creatinine clearance adjusted for body weight
The CockcroftGault equation is the most widely used method of quantifying renal function for drug dosing. However, using this formula is associated with some inaccuracies. Abnormal body weight, especially obesity, is one of the problems in the estimation of renal function.
Serum creatinine production is associated with lean body mass, not fat, as the muscle tissue is responsible for creatinine production. To account for this problem, clinicians have been discussing different methods of controlling for obesity.
The CockcroftGault body weight controversy still remains unresolved. However, according to the studies of
and , the following adjustments can be made:
For underweight patients (BMI <18.5), actual body weight should be used in the calculations.

Patients with normal weight (BMI 18.525) – unbiased CrCl can be calculated using ideal body weight. Our calculator counts it on its own, but if you want to know more, head to the ideal weight calculator.

For patients who are overweight or obese (BMI ≥25), a 40% adjustment factor should be used:
ABW = IBW + 0.4 × (TBW – IBW)
where:

ABW
– Adjusted body weight [kg]; 
IBW
– Ideal body weight [kg]; and 
TBW
– Total body weight (current weight) [kg].

Other creatinine clearance formulas
Apart from the CockcroftGault equation, there are
: CKDEPI Creatinine Equation;
 CKDEPI CreatinineCystatin Equation;
 CKDEPI Cystatin C Equation; and
 MDRD Study Equation.
There is a substantial difference in the way that GFR is calculated for adults and for pediatric use. See the pediatric GFR calculator for more.
Creatinine clearance – interpretation
The normal range of GFR is over 90 mL/min. However, a value over 60 mL/min is considered normal in most cases when no more kidney disease markers are present.
However, this value may not be applicable for older patients as after the age of 40, GFR decreases progressively by 0.4–1.2 mL/min per year.
How to calculate creatinine clearance – an example
Let's calculate CrCl for a theoretical patient named Bob. He is 67 years old, weighs 92 kilograms (203 lbs – you can switch between units when you use our CrCl calculator!), and is 173 cm tall. His serum creatinine equals 1.4 mg/dL.

First, we need to check Bob's BMI:
BMI = weight [kg]/(height [m] × height [m])
BMI = 92/(1.73 × 1.73)
BMI = 30.74

According to BMI, Bob is obese, so adjusted body weight needs to be calculated to use the CockcroftGault equation:
ABW = IBW + 0.4 × (TBW – IBW)
Where we need to calculate ideal body weight (IBW) first:
IBW = 50 kg + (0.9 kg × (height (cm) − 152))
IBW = 50 kg + (0.9 kg × (173 − 152))
IBW = 50 kg + 18.9 kg
IBW = 68.9 kg
After finding out what IBW is, we can come back to the equation:
ABW = IBW + 0.4 × (TBW – IBW)
ABW = 68.9 + 0.4 × (92 – 68.9)
ABW = 68.9 + 0.4 × (92 – 68.9)
ABW = 68.9 + 9.24
ABW = 78.14 kg

Now, we can use the CockcroftGault equation to calculate creatinine clearance:
CrCl = (140  age) × weight × sex / (72 × sCr)
CrCl = (140  67) × 78.14 × 1 / (72 × 1.4)
CrCl = 73 × 78.14 × 1 / 100.8
CrCl = 5704.22 / 100.8
CrCl = 56.6 ml/min

Looking at this result, we can assume that patient's CrCl is below the normal range.
Direct CrCl calculation
Creatine clearance can also be calculated directly, using both serum (sCr) and urine creatinine (uCr), and urine volume. The result is reliable, but it's less popular because of the inconvenient 24hour collection of urine. You can find this option in our creatinine clearance calculator by clicking advanced mode
. It uses the following creatinine clearance formula:
dCrCl = uCr × urine volume / (sCr × urine collection duration)