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CKD, Creatinine 5.5: What Will Be The Stage

2014-04-28 07:05

Q:

My elder brother is suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD). His creatinine value in blood is 5.5. So what will be the stage? And is kidney transplant helpful for CKD?

A:

CKD, Creatinine 5.5: What Will Be The StageThis is Dr.Emily from China Specialized Kidney disease hospital. You have consult us your brother’s kidney problem online. You said his creatinine level is 5.5 mg/dL. Generally speaking, once the creatinine level is higher than normal which indicates the kidney function has been damaged more than 50%. And now his creatinine level is so high, and he is on the stage 5 chronic kidney disease.

In stage 5 CKD, there are toxins and wastes depositing in his body, so removing the toxins and wastes out of his body is important. And you said he wants to do kidney transplant, right? Kidney transplant just puts a new kidney into the body, however it does not do anything to improve the innate immune system. Furthermore, patients who receive kidney transplant have to take the anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives and these drugs can destroy the innate immune system further. So once patients get infections, even a cold, a new round of ultra immune inflammatory reaction happens. Though the transplant is used for many patients, but the clinical trials show it can not benefit to everyone. We have received a lot of patients who have done transplant, because there are many problems for their new kidneys. Therefore, we put the transplant as the last choice of kidney patients. Transplant is the not the only option. Our hospital is specialized in treating kidney disease and we mainly use the Chinese herbal medicines and supporting ways to treat kidney disease and improve some kidney function. For his condition, he must receive the systematic treatment to help him to improve the kidney function.

I hope you can understand what I am saying. If there is any question or help, you can leave us a message to kidneycares@hotmail.com or directly consult our online doctor.

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