Creatinine 4.1 is a very dangerous level for kidney failure patients. Creatinine is one of the toxins produced in the body and together with some other wastes, they are discharged by kidney, elevated creatinine level means kidney function is impaired and lots of wastes build up in the blood. Well then, is dialysis needed or not in such a case?
Do I need dialysis with creatinine 4.1?
Reference value of creatinine level differs from hospital to hospital, but generally it is in the range 0.5-1.3mg/dL. Creatinine 4.1 is much higher than normal level, but it is not serious enough to put patients on dialysis. Under such a condition, treatment like Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy can be applied to repair kidney damages. And as long as kidney function is improved, excess creatinine will be discharged and also creatinine level gets lowered down.
At what creatinine level is dialysis required?
Most often, dialysis is not required until creatinine level increases to 5, but for patients with kidney failure caused by diabetes, they usually start dialysis earlier because of the severe complications of diabetes.
Dialysis helps kidney failure patients by filtering blood during which toxins and other wastes can be removed. It can not restore kidney function, so the treatment effect is temporary. Also, this is the reason why kidney failure patients need to do dialysis regularly once start. Dialysis is torturous and risk, so getting off dialysis is the common pursuit for kidney failure patients. As we know kidney is the organ that is in charge of purifying blood, so if they want to stop dialysis, they must improve kidney function firstly.
Must I start dialysis when serum creatinine rises to 5?
Dialysis is recommended when serum creatinine increases to 5, but it does not mean every kidney failure patients with creatinine 5 must be on dialysis. Creatinine level is just one of the factors that decide whether a patient need to start dialysis or not. In clinic, some patients can keep living without dialysis if they have no severe complications like nausea, vomit, itching, pulmonary edema and heart failure, even if their creatinine has increased to 5,6 and even 7.
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