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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

How High Can A Creatinine Be

2014-03-10 13:45

How High Can A Creatinine BeIn clinic, creatinine is one blood test item that can reflect how well kidneys are working. Generally speaking, the lower kidney function level, the higher serum creatinine level. How high can a creatinine be?

Creatinine is produced during muscular metabolism, and it is discharged out mainly by kidneys. Generally speaking, serum creatinine level won’t raise unless more than 50% of kidney functioning tissues are lost. Generally speaking, as kidney filtration function declines, creatinine level will be higher and higher.

In Kidney Failure, kidneys are functioning less than 15%. In this condition, serum creatinine level usually increases quickly, and it may even increase to more than 2000 umol/L without dialysis. If left untreated, deposits of creatinine in the body may threaten patients’ life easily. Therefore, we can know high creatinine level can go much higher than general population imagines.

To guarantee patients’ safety, kidney patients are usually recommended to begin dialysis before their creatinine rises too high. When should patients consider dialysis?

In most cases, the patient is suggested to go for dialysis, when their blood creatinine level goes beyond 450-610 umol/L. Dialysis is one kidney replacement therapy that can mainly eliminate out small molecular substances including water, uric acid, urea and creatinine. Therefore, creatinine level commonly reduces obviously after dialysis treatment. However, it may rise again during dialysis sessions.

From this point, we would like introduce some alternative treatments to dialysis for preventing creatinine level from increasing too high.

1. If your creatinine level isn’t so high, we would like to recommend Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is proven that some Chinese medicines have the property of protecting remaining kidney tissues and activating the damaged but not necrotic kidney cells. The key of this treatment is to take correct medicines.

2. If your creatinine level is higher than 5.0-7.0 mg/dl, you can try CRRT and hemoperfusion. Compared with dialysis, these blood purification methods can not only filter out small molecular substances but also eliminate moderate and large molecular substances and protect the remaining kidney function. Hopefully, these methods can improve your medical condition largely.

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