Creatinine and cystatin C: what are the values?

Kidney Int. 2009 Mar;75(6):578-80. doi: 10.1038/ki.2008.688.


Recent studies indicate that serum cystatin C is a better marker of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and is a stronger predictor of cardiovascular disease and mortality than serum creatinine. Before cystatin C can gain wide acceptance, information about factors that affect generation, elimination, and analysis is needed. Stevens et al. analyze non-GFR-related factors associated with cystatin C and creatinine levels. The results will be useful in interpreting cystatin C levels in research and clinical practice.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / diagnosis
  • Creatinine / blood*
  • Cystatin C / blood*
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate
  • Humans
  • Kidney Function Tests / methods*
  • Predictive Value of Tests


  • Cystatin C
  • Creatinine