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What is the Creatinine Level that Dialysis will be Required

2014-01-10 18:27| Font Size A A A

Dialysis is regarded as the treatment for patients with kidney failure with high creatinine level. But not once creatinine level is elevated, dialysis is needed. What is the creatinine level that dialysis will be required?

In term of high creatinine level for dialysis, there are different standards for different people. Normally, when creatinine level rises to 5 mg/dl, dialysis is needed. But if high creatinine level does not cause any symptoms, dialysis can be postponed. So creatinine level is not the only standard lab value to start dialysis. You may ask the following questions:

What other factors that are relevant to when to start dialysis?

As I mentioned above, high creatinine level is not the only factor that is relate to dialysis, many other factors are involved, such as your age. If you are aged people, you are suggested to start dialysis early than the young. Your illness condition is also an important factor. If the high creatinine level cause symptoms, like itchy skin, muscle cramps, sleepiness, nausea, vomits, etc, dialysis is needed even if your creatinine level is not that high.

Why does the creatinine level go up again after dialysis?

I’d like to say that it is common that creatinine level goes up again after dialysis. Dialysis is only the treatment that help kidney discharge part of the waste products. Moreover, long-term dialysis will further damage kidney function, which will make creatinine accumulate in blood more quickly. So if you want to achieve better effects, you should turn to other treatments that can help improve kidney function. Our online doctor provide you the free service if you want to know what treatment can improve kidney function.

From the introduction, you must have got a general understanding about high creatinine level and when to start dialysis. If you still have questions, you can send me an email to, I will give you a reply in 48 hours!

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