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When do I need dialysis for a low creatinine clearance?

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Most people do not need dialysis until their glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and creatinine clearance fall very low. However, because kidney function naturally declines with age, it's important to take action early to preserve all the kidney function you can.

SOURCES: Brenner, B. Saunders Elsevier, 2007.  National Kidney Foundation web site: "Chronic Kidney Disease."

Brenner & Rector's The Kidney, 8th Edition,

National Kidney Foundation web site: "Key Points: Living With Stage 4 Kidney Disease."

Johns Hopkins Medicine web site: "Health Library: 24-Hour Urine Collection."

Family Practice Notebook web site: "Creatinine Clearance."

UpToDate.com literature review: "Reciprocal serum creatinine concentration and chronic kidney disease" and "Definition and staging of chronic kidney disease in adults."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 22, 2017

SOURCES: Brenner, B. Saunders Elsevier, 2007.  National Kidney Foundation web site: "Chronic Kidney Disease."

Brenner & Rector's The Kidney, 8th Edition,

National Kidney Foundation web site: "Key Points: Living With Stage 4 Kidney Disease."

Johns Hopkins Medicine web site: "Health Library: 24-Hour Urine Collection."

Family Practice Notebook web site: "Creatinine Clearance."

UpToDate.com literature review: "Reciprocal serum creatinine concentration and chronic kidney disease" and "Definition and staging of chronic kidney disease in adults."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 22, 2017

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