A 31-year-old female asked:
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is it possible that dialysis patients stop their dialysis when the creatinine level became normal.

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Yes: But if renal function has not returned then the cr level will rise fairly quickly.
Answered on Mar 19, 2013
Dr. Jeremy Gitomer
28 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Yes: About 10% of patients in the northwest kidney network recover kidney function after being declared end stage renal disease. Most patients with acute renal failure will recover if they had normal renal function and developed kidney failure as a consequence of shock, sepsis or an infection. You should look at the predialysis creatinine after the weekend and see if it is less than 3.
Answered on Mar 19, 2013
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Stopping dialysis: People may stop dialysis (d) once their creatinine (c) is normal if they started d after a bout of acute kidney failure. The best way to answer your question is the have the nephrologist in charge of this person's d to give his opinion as to why the c level is now normal. Then, ask that physician if stopping is appropriate.
Answered on Aug 5, 2015
Dr. Kalyani Perumal
28 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Speak to doc: First you need to find out if creatinine has become normal without dialysis. Dialysis clears creatinine from the blood so it may be within normal limits when you are receiving dialysis. However if creatinine is becoming normal despite not getting dialysis, speak to nephrologist to evaluate for recovery of kidney function.
Answered on Sep 12, 2017

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