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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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At what serum creatinine level would you need dialysis?

At what serum creatinine level would you need dialysis?

See below: The serum creatinine level which requires dialysis is based on calculation of the gfr, as persons with different weight, sex and race may have have different GFR even with same serum creatinine.Generally speaking when GFR is below 10-15 and patients are symptomatic they need dialysis. Higher the creatinine , the lower the gfr. ...Read more

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At what creatinine level do you need to go on dialysis?

See details: It is more determined by one's creatinine clearance. If you clearance is at 10 ml/min or less you need dialysis. That would roughly translate to a serum creatinine of 4-5 mg/dl. ...Read more

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Creatinine level determines if u need dialysis?

Creatinine level determines if u need dialysis?

Yes and know: What determines if dialysis is necessary is if all attempts to manage all of the things that go wrong when kidneys fail have been tried and failed. Usually this happens when the creatine levels reaches 10, but I have seen levels higher than 10 before dialysis became necessary. ...Read more

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I was hospitalised for a week. Just waiting for creatinine levels to go down. Doc suggests it will go down without need for dialysis. Is that correct?

Renal insufficiency: If the creatinine shot up with some temporary and reversible cause like in dehydration it may correct back to normal with hydration itself. So the cause determines the intervention required. ...Read more

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My creatinine level jumped from 1.05 in march to 1.4/1.5 declining to 3.2 due to AKI/CHF and now at 2.3. Do I need to worry about dialysis now?

My creatinine level jumped from 1.05 in march to 1.4/1.5   declining to 3.2 due to AKI/CHF and now at 2.3.  Do I need to worry about dialysis now?

Yes: Unfortunately your kidney function has declined considerably. Please be seen by a nephrologist. You may be getting too much diuretic treatment. You should be on statin, beta blocker, ACE inhibitor and spirinolactone under medical supervision. Limitation of protein intake to 1gm/kg of body weight, limiting salt to 2 gm per day and fluid to no more than 60 ounces a day will be beneficial. ...Read more

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My grandmother (age 70) has s.creatinine level 5.71, right sided pyelonephritis and ureteritis. Pls suggest treatment for the same. Is dialysis needed?

Cannot: Whether or not your grandmother requires dialysis depends in part upon whether the serum creatinine level you report was due to renal failure or dehydration during acute infection. If she has pyelonephritis a lengthy course of antibiotics against the causative organism is necessary. Need far more info. Why not discuss with her doctors? ...Read more

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What factors affect creatinine levels between dialysis?

Several factors. : Simply put, creatinine is produced by muscles, enters blood and other body fluid spaces, and ultimately is removed by kidneys. Your cr level is dependent on all these things (how much your muscles release, how much any residual kidney function removes, and how much is "diluted" by excess body fluid). Dialysis removes cr, so generally the level has less clinical utility in dialysis patients. ...Read more

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What creatinine levels do they start dialysis at?

Depends: For acute renal failure that is likely reversible, dialysis may be started at a lower level than in some one with chronic renal failure. A better yard stick is glomerular filtration rate and dialysis is generally started when it falls below 10-12 ml. ...Read more

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Creatinine (Definition)

It is a byproduct of creatine phosphate which is present in muscles. Levels are increased ...Read more