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    What Does A Low GFR Mean

    2014-06-06 01:18| Font Size A A A

    What Does A Low GFR MeanGFR is an important standard to learn about CKD patient’s kidney function, and as patient’s kidney damage becomes severer and severer, patient’s GFR will become lower and lower. Well then, what does a low GFR mean?

    Why CKD patients have low GFR?

    GFR refers to how much blood has been filterd by kidney. There are about one million nephrons in our kidney, which is in charge of the filtration function. For patients with CKD, their disease will damage their kidney function gradually, and the nephrons in their kidney will be damaged gradually. As a result, the filtration function will be damaged gradually, which will cause patients to low GFR.

    What is thought to be a low GFR?

    Healthy nephrons have normal filtration function, and for healthy people, their GFR can reach 120ml/min. However, GFR can also be affected by many other factors, and if people’s GFR is above 90ml/min, it will be thought normal. Thereby, if CKD patient’s GFR is below 90ml/min, it is thought to be low GFR. However, if patient’s GFR begins to be reduced by his disease, it is also low GFR.

    What does a low GFR mean?

    CKD is divided into five stages according to patient’s GFR, and the lower patient’s GFR is, the more nephrons are damaged.

    However, if patient’s GFR is above 60ml/min, which means patients are CKD in stage 1 and 2. Even though patient’s GFR has been damaged obviously, patients usually will not have obviuos symptoms at this point. That is because half normal kidney function will be able to guarantee our body health, and patient’s kidney damage will not cause health problem if it is less than half.

    Besides, when patients are in the end stage of CKD, most patients will be recommended to accept dialysis, in which stage patient’s GFR is below 15ml/min. That is because patient’s kidney funcion is too low to guarantee patient’s body health.

    Kidney disease is very dangerous, and patients should do their best to improve their condition. If you have any trouble in dealing with your condition, you can leave us a message about your details and problem. We will provide the gudiance you need or do what we can to help you.


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