GFR (glomerular filtration rate) test above 60 - bad?

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GFR (glomerular filtration rate) test above 60 - bad?

Postby ubnsmkd » Thu Dec 25, 2008 1:15 pm

i had blood work done estimated gfr was >60 from what i read this is bad.. iam confuesed doctor never said anything....

creatinine 1.07
sodium 138
potassium 4.6
albumin 4.7
bun 12
protein total 7.5
calcium 9.7
c02 32
alk 27
ast 29
alkaline phosphatase 74
glucose 109

very worried please help

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Re: GFR (glomerular filtration rate) test above 60 - bad?

Postby Dr. Chan Lowe » Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:58 am

Hello Ubnsmkd,

A GFR > 60 is considered normal. Often, these tests estimate the GFR by a formula using various blood levels including the creatinine. The report often will say > 60 because a GFR > 60 is often the cut off point where one no longer needs to be concerned about adjusting medication doses, etc. for a low glomerular filtration rate.

The GFR is one way to measure kidney function. When kidney function declines, often the GFR will also decline.

Best wishes.
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