Category Archives: Serum Creatinine

Hi Sir, I am on a ship and unable to get specialized medical care due to border closures on account of COVID. For the past 6 weeks from usual tests on ship, we understood my urine has traces of blood, ++ protein and BP of 140/80. ECG is normal and blood analysis are normal. Very recently there is leukocytes in the urine as well. Male/26 years old. I was put on medications for high BP & UTI. I have no pain, or any other abnormality, I absolutely feel normal physically. Can you predict and advise me on what I am going through as it is very stressful? Thanks.

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. The abnormalities that you mention in your urine could be a urinary tract infection (UTI) and the treatment for the UTI may clear up the … Continue reading

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My father is a kidney patient, he was transplanted on 2015. Now on 6.5.2020, we got a urine report that says protein is released in his urine. Why is that? And what is his condition now? Can you please explain?

The normal amount of protein in the urine is less than 150 to 200 milligrams per day or less than 0.15 to 0.20 milligrams of protein per milligram of creatinine. The loss of excessive protein in the urine suggests that … Continue reading

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What does a low BUN/Creatinine ratio mean?

The Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) to serum creatinine ratio is a calculated number that divides the BUN (expressed as milligrams per deciliter or mg/dl) by the serum creatinine (also expressed as mg/dl) to yield a unit less ratio that is … Continue reading

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Blood Pressure 130/90 without medicine, ESR 28, Serum Uric acid 8.4, LDL 144 bilurubin total 1.4, ALT (SGPT) serum 45. Age 51 yrs. Does this indicate any renal disorder?

I do not identify any kidney disease based on the information that you present. The Uric Acid test is mildly elevated and this can be seen in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). In order to diagnose CKD you will … Continue reading

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My creatinine has been tested every year during my routine medical screening. It was 0.8, 7 years ago, and each time it’s been tested it’s been a little bit higher. My most recent screening showed that it was 1.05. I asked my primary about this and she dismissed me, saying that it was OK, I was probably just dehydrated. But I’m concerned. I was just diagnosed with an autoimmune condition (Graves Disease) and I think I’ve had it for a few years, just undetected. Can this be related? And what do you suggest I do next?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis of kidney disease based on the information that you present. As one ages, there is a natural loss of kidney function. It is also true that the serum creatinine can vary from … Continue reading

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I am a kidney donor. It’s been 3 years now. And when I last checked my creatinine level, it was 1.32. Is this normal for a kidney donor? How can I decrease the creatinine level? And if I want to have a baby now, what are the things I’ve to consider? In what ways can I have a healthy pregnancy?

It is very possible to have a normal pregnancy and normal child with one kidney. It is very common for young females with a single kidney to conceive, tolerate a pregnancy and have a normal child. I am unable to … Continue reading

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I have GERD, but only feel pain about twice a month. What has worked well for me is to take a TUMS, a Zantac 75mg and drink a can of sparkling water. Always works. I have stage 3 CKD. What should I substitute for the Zantac? What is better, a PPI or H 2 blocker?

Alternatives to Zantac (Ranitidine) that are kidney friendly are Nizatidine (Axid) and Famotidine (Pepcid). I would avoid cimetidine (Tagamet) as it has a side effect of raising the serum creatinine. All of these are Histamine 2 (H2) blockers.

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Good Day doctor. How do I know if I have kidney problems?

In order to know if you have kidney disease, you will need to have blood work to test for a serum creatinine and an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). You will also need urine testing for blood, protein and infection. … Continue reading

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I am 31 years old. My serum creatinine level is increasing day by day. My serum creatinine is 5.38. Now I wanted to know how could I reduce my serum creatinine?

You will need to see a nephrologist and have further testing. In order to treat kidney disease you will need a specific diagnosis as to the cause of your kidney disease and this will lead to specific treatment. If you … Continue reading

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I have polycystic kidney disease, but my kidney function was still normal at my last visit with my nephrologist. I asked my family doctor if it was safe for me to take creatine as a supplement for weight lifting and he said it should be safe but to ask a nephrologist before prolonged use of creatine. I was just wondering what you thought? Also, I am 19 years old.

The use of the nutritional supplement creatine for body building could cause your serum creatinine to be elevated. This would lead to mis-interpretation of your laboratory data about your kidney disease. As far as we know, creatine does not injure … Continue reading

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