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High creatinine. Had pneumonia. Is dialysis needed?

Hello sir, my mother is 92 years old ... she s been in the hospital almost a month now..because of her pneumonia absena .. now her lungs is cure..and doctor found that her a creatinine is high at 800.. and needs to dialysis . doees she need to go dialysis? is that critical? her heart is good and the neurologist said her brain also okay..
Asked On : Sat, 8 Dec 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Thank you for getting in touch with us. As I see, your mother hasa creatinine level which is really high. Normal creatinine levels in the human body are less than 1.2 mg/dl and a level of 800 is really high. It would have been better for us if you had told us the Blood Urea Nitrogen levels as that would have helped us in recommending some suitable treatment for you. If you have those values, please feel free to share with us. As she is also suffering from pneumonia, it might be a case of multi organ failure. She needs to be kept under observation. Hope this helped
Dr. Gagandeep Dhillon
Answered: Sun, 9 Dec 2012
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Nephrologist Dr. Aditya Bhabhe's  Response
Thanks for the query.
Serum creatinine of 800 indicates renal failure. As previous creatinine values are not available it's difficult to say whether this is ongoing or new.
Dialysis is certainly the standard of care for patients with renal failure.
It is quite safe process but has its own risks and complications as is true of any other medical procedure.
The attending nephrologist is the best person to judge whether she will tolerate dialysis and how long will she require it.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.
Answered: Sun, 9 Dec 2012
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