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how bad are one's kidney problems? is there a test that tracks how you are improving or worsening?

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Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
Yes, the creatinine: Creatinine levels get to the point quickest, they can be used to estimate the glomerular filtration rate. The test for that is called a "creatinine clearance". High creatinines are worse than low, high creatinine clearances are better than low. Tracking these studies over time tracks progress.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Ask your nephrologis: T. Can't tell how bad without more information. Creatinine level in blood is is quite a good indication of kidney function and will go up or hopefully down depending on improvment or not. Creatinine clearance, with measurements from both blood level and amount put out in urine is an even better measure. Blood parathormone level is another good marker.

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