Can having only one kidney affect my creatinine levels?

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Creatinine levels may go up in patients with only one kidney but only minimally if the other kidney is healthy and can adapt to take on the function of two kidneys (it can come close). If there was no such adaptation the creatinine would double. If a patient with poor renal function on both sides lost a kidney the creatinine would go up. If a kidney that had no function was removed, then creatinine would not change.

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