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Most people know that their blood pressure and cholesterol numbers are important in evaluating their risk for heart and blood vessel disease. Yet few know about the number that indicates the health of their kidneys. This important number is the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). GFR tells a lot about how well your kidneys are working.

The kidneys perform several important jobs. One job is to remove wastes and excess fluid from the blood...

This depends on what is the cause of a low estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). The two most common causes of a low eGFR are diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension). In most cases you cannot improve the number but you can prevent further loss. There are other diseases such as glomerulonephritis which can be treated to improve the eGFR. I recommend that you have a specific diagnosis made to find out what has caused the low eGFR...
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In elderly ladies, this may be a normal test result because of the difficulty with the estimating equations for the glomerular filtration test in this demographic age group. It does not always mean kidney damage.
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Dialysis is not necessary when the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is between 45 and 50 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared.
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Yes, Stage 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD) means the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is between 15 and 29 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared.
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That is not possible for me to know. Many people live very well for a time with a very low estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) in the Stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD) range. This depends on your other medical problems, your age, your strength and your ability to maintain your nutritional intake. You should continue your conversations with your physician.
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You can visit our web site and learn this by going to: http://www.kidney.org/professionals/kls/pdf/12-10-4004_KBB_FAQs_AboutGFR-1.pdf This is a pdf that reviews frequently asked questions about the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).
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End Stage Renal (kidney) Disease (ESRD) means that you need dialysis or transplant. This is a decision between you and your doctor. Dialysis is commonly necessary when the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is less than 15 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared. This is known as Stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD).
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The decision to start dialysis is not based on a specific number. An estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) of less than 15 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared is commonly seen in patients who are being considered for dialysis, but the decision to start dialysis means the patient and their nephrologist have come to an agreement that the risks of dialysis are worth the effort involved in starting dialysis in order to relieve...
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