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What is the % of kidney function in 6 week prem baby with a cr 407, urea 17.9, sodium 124? L 49cm weight 2.6kg? When would dialysis need to start ?

What is the % of kidney function in 6 week prem baby with a  cr 407, urea 17.9, sodium 124? L 49cm weight 2.6kg? When would dialysis need to start ?

Probably now: These levels are high & in at uremic levels. Baby needs to be under a pediatric nephrologist and will noo doubt require peritoneal dialysis unless baby has bilateral obstructed hydronephrosis which can be drained by nephrostomy tube/s.Creatinine & urea in usa are expressed in mg% unlike uk & commonwealth countries who use si, cr of 407micrm/l = 407/88=4.6mg%, urea of 17.9= 19.9/0.36=50mg% ...Read more

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Colonoscopy next week. I was prescribed sodium phosphate. Safe to use when I have Iga-nephropathy (normal kidney function) and I am taking enalapril?

Colonoscopy next week. I was prescribed sodium phosphate. Safe to use when I have Iga-nephropathy (normal kidney function) and I am taking enalapril?

Phosphate laxative: Phosphate laxatives are generally not safe with any kidney disease, although your status of normal function is reassuring. Phosphate can surge in excess and crystallize in kidneys that are inflamed. Seek a different laxative. And, be sure you remain well hydrated as you prep for the colonoscopy. Dehydration is a major threat to your kidneys, too. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for hyponatremia (low sodium)?

Is there a treatment for hyponatremia (low sodium)?

Multiple: There are many different types of treatment. However the treatment varies depending on what type of hyponatremia you have. If you have hyponatremia from dehydration, you must have a liquids that have salt (ckn broth or normal saline) in them. If you had hyponatremia because you retain too much fluid, then you must use a water pill to get rid of the excess water and improve your serum sodium. ...Read more

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I have hyponatremia, low chloride and high TSH 12.8. Sodium went to 116. Many hospitalizations. Take 10 1gr sodium tabs. Fluid res?

I have hyponatremia, low chloride and high TSH 12.8.  Sodium went to 116.  Many hospitalizations. Take 10 1gr sodium tabs. Fluid res?

Low sodium: You need to see an endocrinologist (ea) as soon as possible. You are hypothyroid (h) with your high tsh. That could be one cause of your low sodium (ls). Ls is a life-threatening situation. See an e, get your h treated with medicine and you may stop the need for your sodium pills and avoid future hospitalizations. You will also begin to feel better. ...Read more

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I have long standing hyponatremia, low chloride plus high TSH 12.8. I have been hospitalized mult times had seizure. Taking 10 1gr sodium. Fluid res?

I have long standing hyponatremia, low chloride plus high TSH 12.8. I have been hospitalized mult times had  seizure.  Taking 10 1gr sodium. Fluid res?

FInd out why: I trust you are not taking a diuretic for some reason, and i trust you do not have inappropriate ADH (vasopressin) secretion due to porphyria or some other illness. Especially, i hope you don't have undiagnosed addison's disease especially with the high TSH (possible schmidt's). Have you been evaluated for one of the syndromes of renal sodium wasting? ...Read more

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My kidney function test show low levels of urea, 13.00 mg/dl.

My kidney function test show low levels of urea,  13.00 mg/dl.

Not a problem: The reference range for urea is the level for most folks who are not obviously sick. Low serum urea is never a problem. If you're obviously sick with something else, it may provide a clue -- but probably not. I hope you're not restricting dietary protein for some reason. "treat the person, not the numbers" -- but i'm glad you're asking and remaining proactive. ...Read more

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My kidney function shows a low estimated GFR level. What should I do?

My kidney function shows a low  estimated GFR level. What should I do?

See below: You should consult with a nephrologist to try and determine the cause.Low GFR means loss of kidneys ability to remove waste from the body, and there are many causes and possibility of reversibility or management of preventing further decrease in fucntion is important. ...Read more

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My kidney function shows a low estimated GFR level. What should I do?

My kidney function shows a low  estimated GFR level. What should I do?

Low GFR level: You should ask your doctor to order a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance and have blood taken when you drop off the urine at the lab. That is the way you will get an actual rather than an estimated gfr. ...Read more

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Sodium (Definition)

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