Creatinine and Creatinine Clearance
How It Feels
The blood sample is taken from a vein
in your arm. An elastic band is wrapped around your upper arm. It may feel
tight. You may feel nothing at all from the needle, or you may feel a quick
sting or pinch.
This test does not cause any pain.
Risks of a blood test
There is very little chance
of a problem from having a blood sample taken from a vein.
- You may get a small bruise at the site. You
can lower the chance of bruising by keeping pressure on the site for several
- In rare cases, the vein may become swollen after the blood
sample is taken. This problem is called phlebitis. A warm compress can be used
several times a day to treat this.
- Ongoing bleeding can be a
problem for people with bleeding disorders. Aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), and
other blood-thinning medicines can make bleeding more likely. If you have
bleeding or clotting problems, or if you take blood-thinning medicine, tell
your doctor before your blood sample is taken.
Collecting a 24-hour urine sample does not cause problems.
Creatinine and creatinine clearance tests
creatinine levels in your blood and urine. These tests give
information about how well your kidneys are working. The creatinine clearance
value is found from the amounts of creatinine in the urine and blood and from
the amount of urine you pass in 24 hours. This value is the amount of blood
cleared of creatinine per minute, based on your body size.
These numbers are just a guide. The range for "normal" varies from lab to lab. Your lab may have a different range. Your lab report should show what range your lab uses for "normal." Also, your doctor will evaluate your results based on your health and other factors. So a number that is outside the normal range here may still be normal for you.
Blood creatinine and creatinine clearance
milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or 53–106 micromoles per liter (mcmol/L)
Women: 0.5–1.1 mg/dL or 44–97 mcmol/L
Teen: 0.5–1.0 mg/dL
Child: 0.3–0.7 mg/dL
Men (younger than age 40):
milliliters per minute (mL/min) or 1.8–2.3
milliliters per second (mL/sec)
Women (younger than age 40):
87–107 mL/min or 1.5–1.8 mL/sec
Creatinine clearance values normally go down as you get
older. (Normal values go down by 6.5 mL/min for every 10 years past the age of