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Doctor insights on: What Does Borderline Kidney Function Mean

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Second blood test done for kidney function Creatinine to be tested again. Result borderline what does this mean as doc wants another test in 1month?

Second blood test done for kidney function Creatinine to be tested again. Result borderline what does this mean as doc wants another test in 1month?

Just follow it: Anything from having had an old kidney infection to taking ibuprofen to having some damage from hypertension can raise creatinine. If you're a fitness buff, you can run a bit high for a woman. Best to get a few baseline creatinines while you're still young. Best wishes.

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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Can your GFR level also mean your percentage of kidney function?

Can your GFR level also mean your percentage of kidney function?

Close: They are not the same, but close. Since a normal gfr-glomerular filtration rate-is about 100ml/minute, the % term is often used. So a GFR of 30 cc/min is about 30% of normal kidney function. As one ages, the GFR naturally decreases, so it becomes less accurate. But for common use they are about the same.

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My kidney function is at borderline levels. How can I best prevent further deterioration?

My kidney function is at borderline levels. How can I best prevent further deterioration?

Kidney function: You should see a nephrologist (n) to find out why you have kidney disease (kd). Once the cause if found, a treatment plan can be formulated. If you have diabetes, control of bp, protein in your urine, glucose are crucial in keeping your kidney function from declining. If you have hypertension, control it. See a n to have the best chance of keeping your kidney function stable. Good luck.

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My recent blood tests showed slightly low kidney function what does this mean?

My recent blood tests showed slightly low kidney function what does this mean?

Low: I am assuming you mean that your Creatinine is increased and the GFR is lower? Depending on the amount of reduction of your GFR, there needs to be followup and test done to determine what is the reason. Please remember I am assuming your question here. Urine test is key, and labs may be repeated and cause determined when possible and followed.

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What does it mean when you have low platelet counts and high kidney function levels?

What does it mean when you have low platelet counts and high kidney function levels?

See below: 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, it would have helped to have the actual values of the lab results. It is not clear what you mean by high kidney function levels. Kidney function tests are either normal or abnormal, these are never higher than normal.

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Low c.3c mean I am developing glomernephritis? All kidney function tests normal GFR was 79

Low c.3c mean I am developing glomernephritis? All kidney function tests normal GFR was 79

Low GFR: A GFR of 79 is lower than the lower limit of normal, 90 and may reflect early renal disease. Low c3 suggests immune complex formation. Please consult your doctor for repeat testing with proper hydration, test for urine albumin, hepatitis antibodies and auto-immune markers.

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I am 2 months pregnant and had a creatinine kidney function test that is out of normal range what does that mean?

What is the value?: Is your creatinine low or high? What is the actual value? Did the report include estimated glomerular filtration rate? If it is high, see your doctor as soon as you can. Low levels are not meaningful and may be a natural consequence of normal pregnancy.

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When medical people talk about kidney function, and arteriosclerosis effecting it, what does that actually mean?

When medical people talk about kidney function, and arteriosclerosis effecting it, what does that actually mean?

Kidney function: The kidneys work by flitering the blood which flows through them. Arteriosclerosis can impede the flow of blood through organs, including the kidneys. When it does impede flow through the kidneys, kidney function suffers.

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Have been getting porocrit every month because of kidney problems. Blood level now seems stable. Does that mean kidney function has improved?

Have been getting porocrit every month because of kidney problems. Blood level now seems stable. Does that mean kidney function has improved?

Not necessarily: Procrit (epoetin alfa) takes the place of the hormone normally made by the kidneys to boost bone marrow production of red blood cells. It is possible for some kidney function to be restored with treatment; but you should definitely monitor this with your physician to ensure you don't require additional injections in the future.

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I had one more quick question. If bun 25, creatinine 1.5, bun/creat ratio 17, egfr 58...The egfr means im in stage 3 CKD right? 58% kidney function?

Stage 3 CKD: You are correct in that your estimated GFR of 58 ml/min puts you into stage 3 chronic kidney disease. Remember, your GFR is estimated. The actual result may be greater, or lower, than the egfr. To get your acutal gfr, have a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance. Ask the physician who orders this test to have proteinuria (p) assess in that sample. If p is present, it may needed to be treated.

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I had a serious of blood tests done, kidney function liver thyroids it came back saying my gfr was high on borderline please explain thank you?

I had a serious of blood tests done, kidney function liver thyroids it came back saying my gfr was high on borderline please explain thank you?

Not a problem: GFR is glomerular filtration rate. Having it be slightly high or on the high end of normal is not a problem. If it is low then that means that your kidneys are not functioning normally and that is a problem.

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Blood test results showed elevated liver enzymes and elevated kidney function. What does this mean?

Blood test results showed elevated liver enzymes and elevated kidney function. What does this mean?

Need for evaluation: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking a history, physical examination, looking at the actual lab results and may be additional studies. Lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is in the best position to do that.

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Plz help my father kidney function tests tells that serum urea 120 mg/dl serum creatinine 2 mg/dl. Is these results means renal failure?

Plz help my father kidney function tests tells that serum urea 120 mg/dl serum creatinine 2 mg/dl. Is these results means renal failure?

Renal Insufficiency: Your father needs to see a kidney specialist (nephrologist). He needs to avoid NSAID's, keep a normal blood pressure and get on a renal diet. Hope this helps.

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What does high potassium mean? All other bloods fine including kidney function.

What does high potassium mean? All other bloods fine including kidney function.

HIgh potassium level: Factitious hyperkalemia (fh) is caused buy potassium (k) leaking from the intracellular space while taking a sample of blood. Other causes are the rupture of red blood cells in the test tube which elevates k levels. Fh is seen with increased platelets in a person's blood. If you were not acidotic, and have a normal, for age, creatinine level, I suspect you had fh causing your high k reading.

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Why might my kidney function drop?

Why might my kidney function drop?

Many possible causes: There are many different reasons why one may have suboptimal kidney function. In industrialized countries, many people suffer from diabetes and hypertension and they often cause or contribute to chronic kidney diseases. Other causes include polycystic kidney disease, long-term use of nephrotoxic meds (NSAIDs, lithium, certain antibiotics), and autoimmune diseases (e.g. lupus),

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How to make kidney function normal?

How to make kidney function normal?

It depends: On the underlying kidney problem. Kidney function can be improved with medications, modification in diet, avoidance of toxic medications, good control of blood pressure, diabetes etc.

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What are the abbreviations for kidney function?

Cr: The most common blood test to evaluate kidney function is called creatinine. It is usually abbreviated as cr.

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How long can you live with only 4% kidney function?

How long can you live with only 4% kidney function?

Days: A creatinine clearance less than 10ml/min is consistent with end stage renal failure. Patients at this level are physically ill and need to start dialysis or will succumb to the accumulation of uremic toxins or electrolyte abnormalities.