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Can High Potassium Level Raise Creatinine Level with Stage 5 Kidney Failure

2013-10-23 14:39| Font Size A A A

Stage 5 kidney failure is characterized by great decrease of kidney function. High creatinine level is a common result of damaged kidney function. Some people asked that can high potassium level raise creatinine level with stage 5 kidney failure?

Kidney functions to filtrate the extra waste and fluid, regulate blood pressure, balance electrolyte substance. Patients with stage 5 kidney failure may experience some discomforts due to failed kidney function. Because the failed kidney cannot well perform its functions, there will be electrolyte disorder. Potassium and other substances may be raised. What are the side-effects of high potassium level? Can high potassium level raise creatinine level?

The side-effects of high potassium level.

Slight elevation of potassium may cause no symptoms. Some patients may have some unpleasant symptoms but it may not be attributed to high potassium level. If the potassium level is elevated to a certain level, some symptoms will appear. It will cause fatigue, nausea and vomiting. In the extreme cases, it may cause heart problems.

High potassium level can also further damage kidney function. With failed kidney function, the waste product like creatinine cannot be filtrated out and causing high creatinine level.

Can high potassium level raise creatinine level?

High potassium level has no directly relationship with high creatinine level. But it can cause high creatinine level indirectly. So if you have high creatinine level, you should control the level of potassium in the blood.

The most convenient method to lower high potassium level is to limit the amount of potassium in your diet. High-potassium food is not recommended, such as bananas, nuts and seeds, beans, kelp, potato, spinach and so on.

High potassium level in the blood is dangerous to the health of kidney. It can raise high creatinine level by affecting kidney function. Patients with stage 5 kidney failure should aware of the potassium level and creatinine level. You can send an email to, the kidney doctor will reply in 24 hours!

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