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Creatinine, Serum

Also Known as Serum Creatinine, Creatinine level
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  • creatinine, serum

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    Sample type: BLOOD
    Gender: Both
    Age group: All age group
    The creatinine test is also known as blood creatinine test. This test measures the levels of creatinine in the blood. It helps to evaluate the functioning of kidneys, diagnose kidney disorders and monitor the treatment for kidney disease. The Creatinine Test is done: • As a routine check-up • To diagnose any kind of kidney diseases • To monitor the levels of creatinine in case of ongoing treatment for kidney diseases  

    Frequently asked questions

    To take the blood sample, a tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm. The patient is asked to make a fist. This helps in the buildup of blood filling the veins and it becomes easy to collect the blood. The skin is cleaned before inserting the needle in the vein in order to prevent bacteria from entering. The needle is then inserted into the vein in the arm and the blood sample is collected in the vacutainer.
    The signs and symptoms of kidney dysfunction include fatigue, lack of concentration, poor appetite, difficulty in sleeping, swelling or puffiness around the eyes or in the face, wrists, abdomen, thighs, or ankles; foamy, bloody, or coffee-colored urine, decrease in the amount of urine, burning sensation while urinating, abnormal discharge during urination, or a change in the frequency of urination, especially at night; pain in mid-back, below the ribs, near the location of kidneys, and high blood pressure.
    The other tests which can be advised along with creatinine test include blood urea nitrogen and urine albumin test especially if a person has known kidney disorder or a disease.
    It is advised to fast overnight and avoid eating cooked meat as the consumption of cooked meat can cause an increase in levels of creatinine.
    The conditions which can cause an increase in levels of creatinine include damage or swelling of blood vessels in the kidneys caused due to infection or autoimmune diseases, bacterial infection of the kidneys, death of cells in the kidneys, conditions that can block the flow of urine in urinary tract like kidney stone or prostate disease, and reduced blood flow to the kidney which can be due to shock, congestive heart failure, dehydration, atherosclerosis, or complications of diabetes.
    The signs and symptoms of kidney dysfunction include fatigue, lack of concentration, poor appetite, difficulty in sleeping, swelling or puffiness around the eyes or in the face, wrists, abdomen, thighs, or ankles; foamy, bloody, or coffee-colored urine, decrease in the amount of urine, burning sensation while urinating, abnormal discharge during urination, or a change in the frequency of urination, especially at night; pain in mid-back, below the ribs, near the location of kidneys, and high blood pressure.
    Yes, please inform your doctor if you are taking any medicines or supplements as it might interfere with the test results.

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