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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.

Is Dialysis a Must When Creatinine Is High

2013-07-27 14:23

Is Dialysis a Must When Creatinine Is HighWhen creatinine level is higher than the normal especially creatinine 5.0, dialysis must be the thing you concern and try to delay. This is because dialysis is an uneasy therapy even for the fittest person. Well then, is dialysis a must when creatinine is high?

Of course the answer is no. Generally, dialysis won’t be begun unless patients’ creatinine level has risen to 5.0 mg/dl or above, or patients have several complications such as hyperuricemia and hyperkalemia. In addition, high creatinine level isn’t the only reference to determine whether dialysis should start. Thereby, as for today’s question, we give the following answer.

If your creatinine level is below 5.0 without any complication, you can avoid dialysis.

Creatinine is a blood test that can reflect how well kidneys are working. When your creatinine level is just slightly higher than the normal such as creatinine 1.8, diet modifications and some medications are enough to lower your high creatinine level.

Suggested foods: In our daily life, some foods such as berries and red bell pepper can help improve kidney function, thus removing more waste products including creatinine from the body. Try to consume more of these foods with the guidance of doctor or dietitian.

Take some diuretic: Diuretic is the medication that can increase kidney output and urine volume. The more urine kidneys produce, the more creatinine can be eliminated from the body. Dandelion root, nettle leaf and some other herbal medicines can be used as diuretic without side effects.

If your creatinine level is above 5.0 or you have some severe complication, you may need dialysis.

Creatinine 5.0 or higher means your kidney is damaged severely. In this condition, kidney replacement therapy is needed, otherwise, a lot of creatinine deposition will attack kidney and other organs via blood circulation. Dialysis has a quick and obvious effect on lowering high creatinine level. However, patients may find their creatinine level rises again between dialysis sessions. This is dialysis can do nothing to the damaged kidney.

No matter how high your creatinine level is, remember that only if your kidney function is improved can your creatinine level be lowered and maintain stable. In view of this, treatment that can help enhance kidney function should be sought.

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