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Staph infection in the spine. Took cortizone shot. High creatinine levels. Kidney damage? Have cirrhosis from hepatitis C

my husband got a shot of cortizone in his lower back about Dec. 21, 2012. On the 28th they did an MRI & discoveed infection in the spine ( staph) . He spent a week in the hospital & they put him on vancomycin & sent him home with a pic line in his arm & home health nurse visitation. His doage was 17.5 something? twice a day. After a week his blood work came back with a way too high trough level.They stopped the antibiotic on Jan. 21,2013. They took blood the other day & said the creatine level was still too high to start back. Should we be worried about permanent kidnet damage. He also has chirosis from Hep C .
Asked On : Fri, 1 Feb 2013
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Kidney damage will be assessed by the Value of Serum Creatinine.Dialysis is advocated if Serum Creatinine levels are too high.But,it will be decided by Nephrologist.
Regarding Staph infection,you can shift to another Antibiotic like Clindamycin which does not affect the kidney.
Please consult your treating doctor and discuss regarding alternative antibiotic as infection may also aggravate kidney damage.
Wish him speedy recovery
Answered: Tue, 5 Feb 2013
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