Creatinine Blood Test (cont.)
Siamak T. Nabili, MD, MPH
Dr. Nabili received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), majoring in chemistry and biochemistry. He then completed his graduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His graduate training included a specialized fellowship in public health where his research focused on environmental health and health-care delivery and management.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- What is creatinine?
- Why is it important to check blood creatinine levels?
- What are "normal" blood creatinine levels?
- What are the reasons for elevated blood creatinine?
- Are there any symptoms associated with elevated blood creatinine levels?
- Take the Quiz: Kidney Disease
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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,
- swelling (edema),
- shortness of breath,
- confusion, or
- many other nonspecific symptoms.
Kathuria, Pranay, and Melissa Conrad Stöppler. "Chronic Kidney Disease." eMedicineHealth. 23 Feb. 2010. <http://www.emedicinehealth.com/chronic_kidney_disease/article_em.htm>.
Previous contributing author: Frederick Hecht, MD, FAAP, FACMG
Last Editorial Review: 4/25/2012
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