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My father had a radical nephrectomy 3 years back. He lost one kidney. Recently tests shown his creatinine level 2.0. Not diabetic. How to lower down?

My father had a radical nephrectomy 3 years back. He lost one kidney. 
Recently tests shown his creatinine level 2.0. Not diabetic. How to lower down?

Follow-up: If dad is a well-muscled man (which raises creatinine well above "normal range" for today's couch potatoes) and we already know why he lost half his nephrons, this may not be an issue. I trust he is being followed up and that folks are watching for focal-segmental glomerulosclerosis / hyperfiltration lesion that's fairly common in kidneys that lose their partner. Don't try to treat a lab value. ...Read more

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Creatinine (Definition)

Creatinine is a byproduct of creatine phosphate, which is present in muscles. Creatinine levels increase if the ...Read more


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Serum Creatinine level 2.56 to 1.59 in 2 weeks after starting on prednisone and discontinuing benicar (olmesartan). Is this artificial due to 10% weight gain?

No: Creatinine is muscle breakdown product that is excreted through kidneys. It is affected by muscle mass or renal function decline but weight gain does not affect it. Dehydration OR Hydration can make BUN go up or down but creatinine stays the same. Therefore both the numbers are important to make right assessment. ...Read more

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Creatinine level 2.56 to 1.59 after completing amoxicillin against md advice (no bacteria in Urine but wbc and rbc). Any possible explanation?

Creatinine level 2.56 to 1.59 after completing amoxicillin against md advice (no bacteria in Urine but wbc and rbc).  Any possible explanation?

Yes: You are in kidney failure. That is why your serum creatinine is so elevated. You do not have any bacteria in your urine and that is why your doc said don't bother taking an antibiotic against a nonexistent infection. On the other hand, your kidneys have begun to fail. If you haven't been introduced to a good nephrologist yet get a good intro soon. You will be spending time with him soon. ...Read more

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How to lower creatinine level of 2.2?

Why is it 2.2: Lots of causes. Could mean kidney disease, med side effect, several other things. You'd lower it by correcting correctable causes, if there are any. ...Read more

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What does a creatinine level of 2.2 mean?

Kidney disease: Creatinine of 2.2 is elevated and elevation in creatinine is usually due to kidney disease. Please see your doctor to determine the cause and initiate treatment to keep it from getting worse. ...Read more

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By brother,s creatinine level 10.2 how is reduse his creatinine level...?

By brother,s creatinine level 10.2 how is reduse his creatinine level...?

Kidney Specialist: 33y/o male says, My brother's creatinine 10.2 how to reduce his creatinine level? First if this number is actually correct the person should be under a Doctor's care, Specifically A Kidney Specialist Doctor. Do that quickly if possible. ...Read more

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What does a serum creatinine level of 2.2 mean?

Kidney dysfunction: A serum creatinine elevation like yours is a sign of kidney dysfunction or insufficiency. This needs to be evaluated and treated to avoid kidney failure. ...Read more

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My mother creatinine level is 2.0 ?

My mother creatinine level is 2.0 ?

Need more info: It's a kidney function test and It is definitely outside the range of "normal". I I would need a lot more history about her and previous similar tests to be able to make recommendations. Those numbers can go up and down due to a simple thing as dehydration or taking certain meds. This number raises no immediate concerns but I strongly recommend following up with her primary care doc . ...Read more

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My creatinine level is 2.9 and uric acid 11.24 if i drink more water there is any prblm?

My creatinine level is 2.9 and uric acid 11.24 if i drink more water there is any prblm?

Only water retaintio: Poor renal function may cause sodium and water retention, but in general is better to drink a lot of water and cut on sodium. It will prevent kidney stones if you know the cause of renal problem, more suggestions on diet ( low purine or uric acid for instance) can be made. ...Read more

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