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A 29-year-old female asked:

What does it mean if your creatinine level is too high 1.16 and your bun/creatinine ratio is very low at a 5?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Why do you ask?: Labs mean nothing in the absence of a clinical history. You might be a vegan bodybuilder. When I was lifting weights every day, my creatinine ran 1.6-1.8. The fellow-pathologists with whom I've discussed it think that reports generated by labs are causing overdiagnosis of renal disease (it's subscience -- "there's an adjustment for race because black people are more muscular.")
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Depends: on many features but let us start with HOW abnormal it it is. Generally labs have normal creatinine values of 08. to 1.1. Yours is within 10% of normal. Variation of level based on race/gender/hydration are higher than this, so... not much importance.
Dr. Ajay Acharya
A Verified Doctoranswered
38 years experience
Normal: 1.16 is normal. Ratio low is judged in the context of a clinical situation.

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A 40-year-old female asked about a 65-year-old female:

What does it mean low creatinine levels and high bun creatinine ratio?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Muscle mass: Serum levels of creatinine depend on renal function, muscle mass and intake of muscles foods. A low creatinine level is of no consequence as long as you are not emaciated. Paralyzed, or have extensive amputations. High ratio just reflects low creatinine.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
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May 11, 2018
A 67-year-old male asked:

I have a creatinine level of 1.6 and a bun of 13.....what does that mean?

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Dr. Emerson Knight
Urology 49 years experience
Normal: Bun and creatinine are blood tests measuring kidney function and they appear to be within normal range
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A 47-year-old female asked:

Having a 1.5 creatinine level, BUN is 17, should I be concern?

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Dr. Bryant Tran
Family Medicine 6 years experience
Monitor for now: Normal levels for females range from 0.5 - 1.1. However, as we get older, our kidney function does decline and creatinine levels increase. Dehydration and certain medications/procedures may also cause a bump in creatinine levels. I'd recommend a medication review and follow up labs in 1-3 months to monitor your creatinine levels, unless you notice changes in your urine in the interim.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if both bun & creatinine levels are good, but the ratio is high?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Actual values: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, if both creatinine and BUN are normal you do not need to worry about the ratio.

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