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What Creatinine Level Requires Dialysis

Posted: by dwcrawford      Time: 2013-01-13 16:57

Topics: Dialysis High Creatinine Level

Details: I am 18 years old and I have Kidney Disease. My creatinine level is 6.7. And My doctor recommend dialysis. I decide to avoid this treatment as much as I can. Can you tell me what creatinine levels requires dialysis?

Expert Answer
When dialysis is recommended is not exactly based on creatinine levels, but GFR level. GFR (glomerular filtration rate) is indication of kidney functions. Its calculation involves weight, race, sex, creatinine level, gender etc. Two people with same creatinine level may differ in the GFR result.

Generally, when the GFR is lower than 10~15, dialysis may be required. However, if your have severe complications, such as heart failure or liver problems, dialysis may be suggested even your GFR is higher than 15.

Roughly speaking, creatinine 6.7 indicates that you are possible in CKD stage 4 and the relative GFR of this stage is 15~29. If you have severe disabilities or complications, dialysis may be also acquired in this stage. As I have no details about your conditions, only rough or general analysis can be offered. If possible, you are suggested to email your medical conditions to and I am glad to give you more useful information.

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