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Dr. Craig Newton Norris, DO

Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist)

Dr. Craig Norris is a nephrologist practicing in Clinton Township, MI. Dr. Norris specializes in the care and treatment of the kidneys. As a nephrologist, Dr. Norris most typically treats conditions like kidney stones, chronic kidney disease, acute renal failure, polycystuc kidney disease, high blood pressure and more. Nephrologists are also experts on kidney transplantation and dialysis. They are usually referred to by primary care physicians for problems related to the kidneys, and while they can perform tests to diagnose kidney disorders, they do not perform surgeries.
38 years Experience
Dr. Craig Newton Norris, DO
  • Clinton Township, MI
  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Accepting new patients

Can a person with just 20% kidney function survive without a dialysis?

Based on kidney function alone, she can be monitored closely. Generally, we start dialysis once the function is at 15% in diabetic patients and 10% in non-diabetic. Patients will READ MORE
Based on kidney function alone, she can be monitored closely. Generally, we start dialysis once the function is at 15% in diabetic patients and 10% in non-diabetic. Patients will eventually die from kidney failure.

Is there a way to reduce creatinine levels naturally?

Unfortunately natural treatment at this point is unlikely to improve the progressive decline in kidney function. However good nutritional support will help her overall health. READ MORE
Unfortunately natural treatment at this point is unlikely to improve the progressive decline in kidney function. However good nutritional support will help her overall health. She needs close follow up with her kidney specialist.

Is there an alternative to dialysis in case of kidney patients?

If she declined dialysis and or transplant she will get progressively weaker and malnourished. Eventually leading to death over many weeks or up to 1 year or so.

Protein in urine question

Protein in urine is an indicator that a potential kidney disease may be present. Very aggressive exercise can cause protein to show up in the urine. I would recommend obtaining READ MORE
Protein in urine is an indicator that a potential kidney disease may be present. Very aggressive exercise can cause protein to show up in the urine. I would recommend obtaining a urine sample after a day or two of light activity. If protein is still present, I would do a 24 hour urine collection to determine the exact quantity of protein. If the quantity is abnormal, I would see a nephrologist.

Prognosis?

Stage 5 kidney failure. Strong possibility that this patient will need dialysis relatively soon. Cipro should be adjusted to once daily dosing.