Question: My husband has end stage renal disease with an eGFR of 13% and creatinine 396. So far, he hasn’t begun dialysis. Is there a way to help him avoid dialysis?
Doctor: For healthy adults, their creatinine levels in the blood ranges between 53 and 140 umol/L. 396 umol/L is too higher than these values, because your husband’s kidneys are only working at 13%. Creatinine is one small molecular waste. If too much creatinine builds up in the blood and is left alone, it can cause further damage to kidneys as well as other organs. Therefore, to avoid dialysis, we should firstly remove extra creatinine out of the body.
To cleanse blood, blood purification is recommended. According to patients’ illness condition, different patients need different therapies. Plasma exchange, hemofiltration, hemoperfusion, immune adsorption, etc, are common methods of blood purification.
Then, some medicines that have repairing ability are recommended for your husband. Through expanding blood vessels, enough blood and oxygen are transported into kidneys. Besides, they can help improve the self-curative ability of damaged kidney cells. With these two effects, TCM can help improve ESRD patients’ GFR and kidney function obviously. To learn what medicines are helpful for your husband’s case, you can send his test report to firstname.lastname@example.org, so doctors here can give you some suggestions.