Jun 30, 2011 - 2:52 pm
This is a quote from the National Kidney Foundation website in answer to a question from somebody whose creatinine level was 1.58:
"A creatinine level of 1.58 may be normal after removal of one kidney, especially if you are over 50 years of age. Removing one kidney always results in a decrease in total kidney function and an elevation in the creatinine test." Notice the "always."
My levels were normal before my radical nephrectomy and went bad immediately afterwards. The above statements pretty much jibe with what my urologist told me -- that my creatinine readings (currently 1.5) and GFR readings (currently 47) are normal for somebody with one kidney. Yet my nephrologist tells me I have chronic kidney disease (CKD), Stage 3. He is not "alarmed" but of course I am. I told the nephrologist what my urologist said and what I had read online and he said, "oh yes, that's true." But he still diagnosed me as having CKD and has ordered more blood tests at the end of July, which I don't have a problem with. As a matter of fact, I like being monitored this closely. But of course, I am confused. I plan to discuss this with my urologist in my second followup visit in August.
Thank you, Iceman, for sharing your results in my previous posting but I'd like to know how others' blood tests have gone since their surgeries. If you don't mind, may I ask who else has had high creatinine/low GFR readings? And if so, have you been told you have "chronic kidney disease?" Or have you been told that this is normal for your situation and nothing really to worry about?