STAVE OFF KIDNEY DISEASE
With symptoms that often go unnoticed, kidney disease can creep up on you…unless, you stay one step ahead. Here’s how
When Dr Rushi Deshpande, consultant nephrologist and renal transplant physician affiliated to some of the city’s top hospitals, addresses his audience in an auditorium at Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital, everyone present appears to be armed with all the facts. What’s the normal creatinine range? Should you be worried if your creatinine level is 1.4 mg/dl? What health conditions can lead to a kidney problem? If this was a classroom, everyone in it would get an A, it seems. At first anyway. As his talk progresses, the subject seems less cut and dry.
Dr Deshpande mentions a case study: a man who had donated his kidney to a family member. Six months after the procedure, a test revealed that this donor’s creatinine level was at 1.3. Now, having previously answered that the normal creatinine range is from 0.8 to 1.4 mg/dl (the average range that pathology reports list as normal), the audience is asked whether any one present would like to venture a guess about whether or not one should be concerned when his or her creatinine level is the same as that of a man who has just one kidney? The room fell silent. The answer is obviously affirmative, but if this is the case, do path labs list a flawed range?