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Are My Prostate and Kidney Problems Related?

By    |   Thursday, 18 December 2014 04:51 PM

Question: During my MRI the second phase where a contrast solution was to be injected my MRI was terminated because my Creatinine was borderline at 1.5. How much harm would have been done if the remaining phase would have been completed? This also is playing a role in treating my prostate (BPH) whereby l.6 would cause problems.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Routine contrast solutions are used during MRIs to test for normal kidney function. The solution is filtered out of your circulation by your kidneys. Creatinine levels over 1.5 can indicate reduced kidney function, so your doctor should be vigilant for impaired renal function or reserve.
Higher levels can indicate your kidney function is being blocked by an enlarged prostate enough to cause elevated creatinine values. So it would be wise for you to have this further evaluated.
Ask your doctor if your elevated creatinine has a clear cause. Set up a plan of attack with your doctor. Are there other conditions such as diabetes or hypertension that may be adversely affecting your kidney function?  Ask if your BPH is contributing to renal obstruction, and then ask what you should do.
Bear in mind that your elevated creatinine level should be a yellow flag to your treating physicians, and a review of your medication regimen and medical condition(s) is in order.

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