What is the High Creatinine Level?
Jun 14, 2015 by Kidney Disease Expert
Creatinine is a chemical waste product in the blood that passes through the kidneys to be filtered and eliminated in urine. The chemical waste is a by-product of normal muscle contractions. Creatinine is made from creatine, a supplier of energy to the muscle.
The most common reasons for developing raised creatinine levels will be when the filtration mechanism becomes gradually damaged by long-term raised blood pressure or diabetes.If there is a fever, hyperhidrosis and also reduces the volume of water; if someone gets tired and has a restless sleep, there may be a rise in blood creatinine levels. Acute renal failure may result from trauma, blood loss, seriousinfections, poisons, some cancers and biochemical imbalances.
As the kidneys become increasingly unable to cope, so the creatinine level rises. This involves a formula that expresses the blood creatinine in relation to the amount of creatinine produced in the urine over a 24-hour interval.
On its own, a single creatinine level does not really give us much useful information.
It is more valuable to look at a few other tests at the same time, including urine examination for biochemistry and microbiological content, together withX-raysor scans, and sometimes even biopsiesof the kidneys.
However, in very general terms, a rising level of creatinine signifies an increasing problem with poorly performing kidneys.