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What is a normal urine creatinine level?

What is a normal urine creatinine level?

No such thing: We don't publish a reference range as people would worry. The more muscle mass you have, the more creatinine you put out daily. The level in turn is also a function of how much water you drink -- whether the urine is concentrated or dilute. And there's no illness for which increased or decreased production is a marker. If you do find a published range, ignore it. ...Read more

Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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What causes your urine creatinine to be high in the morning?

What causes your urine creatinine to be high in the morning?

Concentration: Morning urine is usually more concentrated and all urine contents are at a higher level in the morning urine. ...Read more

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I have low urine creatinine at 2.2 mmol/L. What could this mean?

Absolutely nothing: You're probably not a female bodybuilder and you drank a little extra water. I'm glad I could reassure you. ...Read more

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What does high urine creatinine of 390.1mg/dl mean but everything else is normal ?

What does high urine creatinine of 390.1mg/dl mean but everything else is normal
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Dehydration: It appears that you may have dehyrdated cauisng hypernatremic (hypertonic) dehydration. This occurs when the lost fluid contains less sodium than the blood (loss of hypotonic fluid). Relatively less sodium than water is lost. Please be sure blood glucose, sodium and chloride levels were normal. I would see your doctor and have the urine test repeated along with a urinary sodium level. ...Read more

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I'm a 43 year old man and my urine creatinine was measured at 42.4 mmol/L. Is it in safe range?

I'm a 43 year old man and my urine creatinine was measured at 42.4 mmol/L. Is it in safe range?

Yes: Urine creatinine means nothing in any case. It's secreted at a constant rate in proportion to your muscularity. It's merely a reference value to which you compare other analytes. ...Read more

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What does it mean when random urine creatinine is high?

This is normal: Creatinine is normally excreted in the urine. The concentration of creatinine by itself means nothing other than the kidneys are doing their job. Blood creatinine will tell you better how well the kidneys are working. ...Read more

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Why might it be that we use urine creatinine when caclucating GFR ?

Not reabsorbed: Creatinine is used to calculate glomerular filtration rates because the kidney does not reabsorb it: whatever gets filtered into the glomerulus ends up in the urine. So it is a reliable indicator of how much blood has been filtered. All you have to calculate is the volume of blood that contained the amount of creatinine that appeared in the urine over a certain time. ...Read more

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Why would my blood creatinine be low and my urine creatinine be high?

Why would my blood creatinine be low and my urine creatinine be high?

Strong kidneys!: It sounds like your kidneys are working normally. That's what they're supposed to do -- clear metabolic products like creatinine from the blood, dumping it into the urine. The urine level might be especially high if you haven't been drinking lots of fluids lately, i.e. if the urine is relatively concentrated. In any case, this is a good sign, nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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