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    Does Low GFR Always Mean Kidney Damage

    2014-06-01 03:15| Font Size A A A

    Does Low GFR Always Mean Kidney DamageGFR is an important standard for patients with CKD to learn about their kidney function, and as patient’s kidney function is damaged by their disease, their GFR will be reduced in this process, which will cause patients to have low GFR. Well then, does low GFR always mean kidney damage?

    What is GFR?

    GFR refers to glomerular filtration rate, which means how much blood flow can be filtrated by kidney in unit time.

    There are about one million nephrons in our kidney, and they are in charge of filtrating the blood flowing through kidney. While kidney disease can damage nephrons gradually, which can cause patient’s GFR to be lowered gradually.

    Does low GFR always mean kidney damage?

    For patients with CKD, their kidney disease will damage their kidney function gradually, which will cause patients to have low GFR. For healthy people, their GFR level can reach 120ml/min, and CKD patients’ GFR will be reduced gradually by their disease, which will cause patient’s GFR level to be lower and lower.

    However, low GFR do not always mean kidney damage, because GFR can also be affected by many factors, which can also reduce patient’s GFR level. In fact, if patient’s GFR is above 90ml/min, it will be thought normal, becasue many factors can affect patient’s GFR level. As we know, CKD is divided into five stages, and the GFR range of stage 1 CKD is above 90ml/min. However, if GFR lecel is obviously low, it is mainly caused by kidney damage.

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