What Does It Mean By Improving Kidney Function?
Afternoon doctor. I want to ask you before my parents have kidney disease and refer to my family in Medan. And the doctor said kidney function improved. So I’m confused what is the purpose of kidney function doctor? Thank you for the doctor
Thank you for the question.
Kidney is an important organ that functions in removing toxins and metabolic waste from the body through urine. Not only that, the kidneys are also useful in regulating fluid and electrolyte balance, regulating blood pressure, producing hormones that regulate the production of red blood cells, and many other functions.
Disorders of the kidney there are many types and causes, for example due to genetic disorders, degenerative disorders, stones, infections, autoimmune disorders, malignancies, side effects of drugs, even kidney failure. Diagnosing kidney disorders can also vary in ways, ranging from evaluating clinical symptoms that appear, do blood tests, urine, x-rays, ultrasound, renogram, CT scan, biopsy, and so on. These tests are also useful in evaluating kidney functions as mentioned above.
The main indicator of kidney function is usually seen from the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). From this GFR we can know how fast the kidneys are able to get rid of metabolic waste from the body. This GFR value is normally not less than 60 ml / minute / 1.73 m2. GFR examination is usually done using a 24-hour urine sample and also a blood sample of the patient to monitor levels of BUN (blood urea nitrogen, blood urea nitrogen) and creatinine.
If it is said that your parents' kidney function has improved, it's likely that the doctor is referring to an increased GFR value. However, the term might indicate another purpose. Therefore, in order to avoid misconceptions, it is much better, you consult again with the doctor or doctor of internal medicine who checks your parents huh ..
I hope this helps.