Creatinine Urine Test
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Latest Edit: Hector 2014-03-24 (EDT)
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- Creatinine is a waste product that is produced by muscles from the breakdown of a compound called creatine.
- Creatine is involved in producing energy needed to contract muscles in the body.
- The amount of creatinine produced in the body is dependent on muscle mass.
- Since almost all creatinine is eliminated from the body by the kidneys, levels in the blood can indicate how well the filtering units in the kindeys, known as the glomer
- No preparation required.
- Factors which can cause increased levels:
- Drugs: Aminoglycosides, cimetidine, cisplatin, cephalosporins
High levels indicate:
- None noted
Low levels indicate:
- Congestive heart failure
- Obstruction within the kidney
- Acute or chronic kidney failure
- Pagana Kathleen D, Pagana Timothy J (2006) Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, Mosby.
- Weatherby Dicken, Ferguson Scott (2002) Blood Chemistry and CBC Analysis: Clinical Laboratory Testing from a Functional Perspective, Bear Mountain.