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Old 07-08-2011, 11:17 PM   #1
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What is the kidney function

My son had AKF at birth resulting in a few months of dialysis. His kidneys have improved since though the damage to the kidney is still extensive with one of his kidneys shrunk and not growing since birth and the size of the other at lower end of normal. His creatinine has been improving sice he is off dialysis. His creatinine is now 0.6 but the BUN is high. What is the percentage of his kidney function.

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Old 07-13-2011, 10:23 PM   #2
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Re: What is the kidney function

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Re: What is the kidney function

Hello, I hope I can help you with your question.

First of all I am sorry you are going through this with your little one. It must be very hard. I offer you my support and empathy.

Calculation of his GFR or Glomeruler filtration rate requires consideration of several factors. From the information you have supplied, you do not have the necessary information to get the calculation you are seeking. You can go to the National Kidney Foundation for calculators you can use yourself to figure this out for yourself.

I am also living with kidney disease, and I am under the care of a nephrologist to help me with my kidney health care. I would have to assume your son is also seeing a nephrologist...am I correct? That is where I would recommend you looking to find the answers about his eGFR. If you have copies of his latest lab results, the eGFR should be listed there as well.

I hope you find that answers you are seeking and your son is doing better by the day.

 
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Re: What is the kidney function

Thank you very much for your reply. Yes my son is in the care of a nephrologist. We do have labs drawno n him periodically from labcorp but I looked at the report today and couldnt find egfr listed, just the RMP. Is it different between labs or is this something that has to be requested explicitly by the neph.

 
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Re: What is the kidney function

If he is requesting a kidney panel, the eGFR should be included. I would suggest you give a call to the doctor and ask what they show for his kidney function. I'll bet it is in his records, if not listed on his labs. It is my pleasure to help, although I feel I still have so much to learn myself.

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I checked some of his older labs which mention egfr value as "Not Applicable" for children under 18 years. The neph gave us 2 different gfrs at different appointments of 60 and 35 but also mentioned kidneys are improving. Very confused

 
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Re: What is the kidney function

I can see why you are confused, but the GFR is not the end all when it comes to kidney function. Do you know his creatinine levels? I am no expert on all that goes on in kidney function loss, only my own situation. I would certainly ask the doctor where he really falls on the scale, and if 65 was the later report that would be quite an improvement.

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Re: What is the kidney function

his latest creatinine is 0.63

 
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Re: What is the kidney function

hmmmm, are you sure it is not 63, rather than .63? Anything under 15 would be considered end stage renal failure, and he would have to be on dialysis to survive.

 
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0.63 is a perfectly normal creatinine. I believe the range (depending on the lab) is about 0.6 to 1.2. If it is low, there isn't anything to worry about.
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Re: What is the kidney function

Oh my gosh, I goofed! So sorry, I thought we were still talking about GFR, not creatinine...Thanks Cora for straitening me out.

 
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No probs. I have to be careful because here in Canada, the range of cr goes from about 65 to 110 (different measurement system) so I always have to mentally translate first.
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