Glomerular Filtration Rate is Unchanged By Ultramarathon

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Acute kidney injury (AKI) is reported as a common complication of marathon and ultramarathon running. In previous studies AKI was diagnosed on the basis of the creatinine level in serum and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). In the present study we calculated eGFR and also measured creatinine clearance after every 25 km of a 100 km run. METHODS: 20 healthy, amateur runners (males, mean age 40.75 ± 7.15 years, mean weight 76.87 ± 8.39 kg) took part in a 100 km run on a track. Blood and urine were collected before the run, after every 25 km and 12 hours after the run. RESULTS: 17 runners completed the study. There was increase in creatinine, urea and uric acid observed after 100 km (p < 0.05). The mean increase in creatinine was 0.21 mg/dl (24.53%). 5 runners fulfilled the Acute Kidney Injury Network (AKIN) criteria of AKI. The eGFR according to the MDRD (modification of diet in renal disease), CKD-EPI (chronic kidney disease epidemiology collaboration) and Cockcroft-Gault formulas was significantly decreased after the run (p < 0.05). Otherwise, creatinine clearance calculated from creatinine level in both serum and urine remained stable. CONCLUSIONS: In contrast to the majority of previous studies, we did not observe any decrease in the kidney function during an ultramarathon. In this study the creatinine clearance, which is the best routine laboratory method to determine glomerular filtration rate was used. There is no evidence that long running is harmful for kidney.

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