Last week I met an anxious patient in my clinic. He was a young guy having end stage kidney disease (ESKD or ESRD) on regular 3 times per week hemodialysis. He exclaimed, "Doc I'm scared. Inspite of 3 times a week dialysis my creatinine levels have gone up from 6mg/dl (3 months ago) to 11mg/dl now. Why are the toxins not leaving my body inspite of good regular dialysis!" I simply told him that the toxins were getting out and that having a high creatinine was indeed GOOD for health. Quite a paradox, isn't it ??
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Creatinine is a small harmless protein that comes from the muscles. The only way it goes out of the body is via the kidneys into the urine. Normally it is present in a concentration of 0.5 to 1.2mg/dl in the blood (plasma). When the concentration of creatinine rises in the blood it means that the kidneys are not able to take it out effectively
Monday, July 18, 2011
Experiencing a kidney ailment is a way of life in itself. People with acute renal failure get deviated from their routine life for a while but get back in line once their fine. People with chronic renal failure get detached for good and get forcibly adjusted in a new world of their own, whether they are on dialysis or after a kidney transplant.