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Can the functioning of my kidneys improve by drugs?

Q: I am a 40 years old man having serum creatinine level as 1.6 mg/dl. My blood pressure was 160/100 mm Hg. The doctor advised me medication for a week and my serum creatinine reduced to 1.5 mg/dl and BP came down to 130/90 mm Hg. Can my kidney function be cured by medication?

A:The fact that you have high blood pressure at your age is more important, your renal function is likely to improve with good, persistent control of blood pressure. It is more important to know what has caused this, especially because no one in your family has high blood pressure. So you must have thorough renal check up, including your urine examination including 24 hour urine protein examination, an ultrasound to determine the size of your kidneys and even a renal biopsy. If you are diagnosed to have a glomerulonephritis you should then be treated specifically for it. High blood pressure in your case is only a pointer to kidney disease causing it and it has to be probed. Now is the time to act systematically.


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