Creatinine Blood Test

Are there any symptoms associated with elevated blood creatinine levels?

The symptoms of kidney dysfunction (renal insufficiency) vary widely.

  • Some people may have an incidental finding of severe kidney disease and elevated creatinine on routine blood work without having any symptoms.
  • In others, depending on the cause of the problem, different symptoms of kidney failure may be present including:
    • feeling dehydrated,
    • fatigue,
    • swelling (edema),
    • shortness of breath,
    • confusion, or
    • many other nonspecific symptoms (for example, nausea, vomiting, neuropathy, and dry skin).
Reviewed on 1/13/2015
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