What is Creatinine (Cr) in terms of Nursing Labs?
Creatinine (Cr) is a byproduct of creatine metabolism, and it is excreted by the kidneys. Creatinine is created in proportion to muscle mass and usually stays stable.
What would cause increased levels of Creatinine?
- Renal disease
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
What would cause decreased levels of Creatinine?
- Loss of muscle mass
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Inadequate protein intake
- Liver disease
Date Published - May 10, 2016
Date Modified - May 28, 2019