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Effects of Elevated Creatinine Level in Kidney Failure

2013-05-19 15:33

What are the effects of elevated creatinine level? Serum creatinine level is a dominant index used to decide whether a kidney failure patient need to start dialysis or not. In som cases, kidney failure patients refuse to start dialysis, as they feel no discomforts, even though their creatinine level has increased to an extremely high value. They wounder what the effects of elevated creatinine are and why they have to do dialysis.

What Is Creatinine Level?

Creatinine is a toxin produced during the metabolism of meat in our body. Therefore, people with lots of muscles or who eat lots of meat always have a relatively high creatinine level, but it usually fluctuates in the normal range: 0.5-1.3mg/dL.

How is elevated creatinine level related with kidney failure?

Serum creatinine level is kept in a stable range by our kidneys which can help to discharge excess creatinine, so kidney plays a crucial role for a normal serum creatinine level. For people with kidney failure, their kidney function is affected seriously and kidneys fail to discharge excess creatinine, as a result of which, high serum creatinine level occurs. Usually, the poorer the kidney function, the higher the creatinine level. Therefore, serum creatinine can help to measure kidney function to some extent.

What are the effects of elevated creatinine level?

Creatinine is a toxin, so it is harmful for our internal organs, including our kidneys. However, this is not the only reason for kidney failure patients to do dialysis.

Kidney is a bean-shaped organ and serves us as a filter. It helps to discharge all the toxins and wastes produced in our body and of course, creatinine is included. For kidney failure patients, high creatinine level means kidneys have lost their working ability to removes wastes and toxins out of the body. Under such a condition, various toxins, including creatinine, will build up in the blood. These harmful substances circulate with blood and they may cause damages on every part of the body. This is the real reason why kidney failure patients need to do dialysis to purify blood.

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