Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) is caused by nitrogen wastes in the body that are normally eliminated by the kidneys. The main source of nitrogen wastes are proteins. 39 more words
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I donated a kidney in 2001 and since then my serum Creatinine levels have been steady at 1.8. The Nephrologist said that since Creatinine is a function of kidney volume, this is normal for me. I recently volunteered to have a free cardiac angiogram to test the new machine but they will not perform the test because it requires contrast medium and my Creatinine is too high. My concern is that if I ever need to have a test requiring contrast, will I be able to? I am asymptomatic and always have been. I have slight hypertension for which I take Norvasc.
My mom is 69 years old. Her urea level is 21.9 mmol/L and Creatinine is 221 mmol/L, the WBC is 2.88. The doctor said that she needs dialysis and my family thinks she is not in a stage that needs it, though she is very fatigued, sleeping most of the day, confused and poor appetite.
A friend of ours has a 14 Year old son who four days ago came down with high fever 102-3. He was taken to Urgent care where they told them there were high protein/ blood levels in his urine. They put him on Tylenol and scheduled an ultra sound in two days and to see a kidney specialist in two weeks ( first available appointment). At home he continued with high fever the next day, no pain. They took him to the ER in fear he was getting worse. The ER asked them why they had come if just one day ago he was in Urgent Care? They said they knew the Doctor he had seen and felt he was thorough. They did the ultra sound of his kidneys in the ER and it was normal. They sent him home and said stay on the Tylenol and see the kidney specialist in two weeks. WHAT???? No diagnosis? Today he remains in bed with high fever. Common sense tells me something is being mishandled.
For the past few days I have been supplementing with 4 grams of Potassium Bicarbonate dissolved in 12 oz of filtered water 2 times a day. I have noticed that within a few minutes there is a strong ammonia smell in my nose that persists for several minutes. At first I though there were fumes in my room(s) until I noticed and confirmed the correlation with the ingestion of the Potassium Bicarbonate solution. I have read in numerous sources that ammonia breath/smell can be a symptom of kidney failure due to the kidneys not being able to process protein adequately. Does the sudden increase in potassium cause this ammonia smell on the breath - and if so, how? Or could it be that Potassium supplementation, such as I have been doing, might be causing kidney damage?
I have never heard of the phenomenon that you describe. I have no explanation for the symptoms that you describe. You are taking a very high dose of potassium. 27 more words
I have reflux on my right kidney and took antibiotics preventatively for a few years. I developed hypertension over 15 years ago, which was never controlled well. I saw a urologist about 8 years ago, but not a nephrologist. The urologist said not to worry about the kidney as I had a recent CT scan and it did not report scarring in the kidney. After many years of HTN, I was finally diagnosed with primary aldosteronism. Spironolactone has finally made BP normal. Here is my question - my blood tests have all been normal as far as BUN, creatinine, etc., but my urine is showing +2 protein, bacteria, and hyaline casts. Could this be caused by the kidney with the reflux? Could it be scarred and not filtering correctly but my blood test be ok from the other kidney doing the work? I am 59 years old and have not had any kidney testing done since my early 20's, other than routine blood and urinalysis?
The abnormal findings in your urine certainly could come from chronic reflux nephropathy of your right kidney. I cannot comment on scarring. If scarring is present, it would likely show on a computerized tomogram (CT scan) or on an ultrasound scan of your kidneys. 37 more words
I have chronic kidney disease and have to have a angiogram. My eGFR is only 17%. What are the risks of my kidneys failing and what can I do to help my kidneys?
It is not possible to reliably predict who will or who will not suffer kidney damage from angiogram dye. I can only suggest that you consult with a nephrologist who can examine you and offer you advice after the examination.