Also Known As: Creatinine
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A waste product from the muscle breakdown of a compound called creatine. Creatinine is excreted into the urine by the kidney.
To evaluate kidney function and monitor therapy for kidney disease. Creatinine may be measured in blood, urine, or both to evaluate kidney function.
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REFERENCE INTERVALS FOR ADULTS: Male 0.7-1.3 mg/dl Female 0.6-1.1 mg/dl.
INCREASE IN: Kidney dysfunction which may be due to a variety of different causes such as drug toxicity, poorly controlled diabetes or inadequate blood flow through the kidneys as seen with shock or congestive heart failure
DECREASE IN: Decreased muscle mass.