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Bilateral Renal Cysts, High Blood Pressure, Creatinine 3.2

My father was diagnosed with bilateral renal cysts, creatinine 3.2 a month ago. He suffered from high blood pressure for 3 years. Is it due to cysts or hypertension? Any suggestions?

The Doctor Answered:

In normal case, the creatinine level is 0.5-1.1mg/dL for female and 0.6-1.2 mg/dL for male. And creatinine 3.2 is higher than the reasonable range. The occurrence of elevated creatinine level indicate at least 50% kidney function has lost.

Renal cyst refers to fluid-filled pockets within the kidneys, it can either be unilateral or bilateral. And it is very common among the elderly. With age, the cysts will grow bigger and bigger. As a result, they will oppress the nearby renal tissues and interfere with normal function. Meanwhile, long-term uncontrolled hypertension can also worsen the condition.

To reduce creatinine 3.2, the core of treatment should focus on shrinking the cysts and improve kidney function. Thereby, hot compress therapy can be a good choice. On the one hand, it can help increase the permeability of cystic wall, adjust the inner and outer pressure. On the other hand, it can provide nutrients for the impaired kidneys. In this way, symptoms like high blood pressure can be well managed. What’s more, renal function can be restored. Once kidney function is enhanced, creatinine 3.2 may return back to normal.

Besides, medications like ACE Inhibitors and ARBs can also help control BP and protect kidneys. And it should be controlled within or below 130/80mm Hg. Meanwhile, eat less salted foods are also important. If you still have any questions, please email to

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