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Creatinine Clearance (Definition)

Creatinine clearance is used in clinical practice to give an estimate of overall kidney function, or glomerular filtration rate. Generally normal is considered 100 or above, but it goes down every year and elderly patients may have low clearance ...Read more


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What does it mean when you have a low creatinine clearance?

What does it mean when you have a low creatinine clearance?

Impairment: of kidney function. The kidneys are not filtering waste out of the blood as efficiently as they should. Most of the time low creatinine clearance is due to some sort of disease of the kidneys themselves like inflammation or decreased blood supply. Recurrent urinary tract infections can also damage the kidneys. Best to see a nephrologist for evaluation. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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My creatinine clearance test came back low. What does this mean?

My creatinine clearance test came back low. What does this mean?

Creatinine clearance: Low creatinine clearance means your kidney is not filtering normal amount of creatinine in the urine because of some disease process. ...Read more

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Creatinine Clearance (Est) L 73.3600 mL/min 75.0 - 115.0: Why is my level low? Is it because I'm a small 64/ female and eat no red meat?

Creatinine Clearance (Est)	L	 73.3600	mL/min	 75.0 - 115.0:  Why is my level low? Is it because I'm a small 64/ female and eat no red meat?

Realize: As we get older out kidney function does slowly decline. Think of the kidney as being made up of a million Brita filters. As we age, some of those filter stop working. If you have blood pressure, cholesterol, and/or other vascular issues even more of these filters can stop working. Be aware even your diet(as you mention) and/or muscle mass can affect this value with suggestion of a problem. ...Read more

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If there is a decline in creatinine clearance, what does that mean?

If there is a decline in creatinine clearance, what does that mean?

Declining renal func: Creatinine clearance generally reflects kidney function.Depending upon the numbers severity can be estimated. ...Read more

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Low creatinine clearance in the kidney any remedies?

Low creatinine clearance in the kidney any remedies?

Medication: You should be seeing an expert in kidney disease. Specific medications for blood pressure control and kidney protection are required. If you are diabetic control of that problem is essential also. ...Read more

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Creatinine (Definition)

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


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