Test for Kidney Disease
While the test for kidney disease are many, listed below are a few of the ones most often used by the majority of doctors and hospitals.
There are no early warning signs of chronic kidney disease (CKD). You could have kidney disease for many months and never notice any symptoms until the disease has progressed to the later stages.
If you are a senior (50 +) you should have a routine check-up every year, including a kidney analysis. If there is an increased risk because of genetics, prolonged medications, or an unhealthy lifestyle,etc., you should begin your yearly checkups earlier.
Since all test for kidney disease have their limits, your doctor may want to do several different test to get a more accurate report.
The test are divided into 4 different categories. They are; Urine, Blood, Scans, and Tissue.
Urine Test – One of the main, and probably the first test your doctor will do is a Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR). 100/125ml/min, is considered a normal range for a man, and 90-115 ml/min for a woman. As the kidney disease advances, the GFR rate will fall below 90, and keep falling as the disease progresses.
GFR test are done by injecting special markers through an IV. When these markers are secreted in the urine, a lab test can tell a lot about the condition of your kidneys.
When you get the results of the test for kidney disease, you will be placed in a category 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, depending on the damage to your kidneys.
Urinalysis – Urinalysis is a basic test of the urine that easily picks up some markers that may indicate to the doctor that more test need to be performed.
The lab technician uses a dipstick that is divided into small patches that changes color when dipped in the urine sample. This lets the doctor know the basic levels of glucose, albumin pH, detones, leucocyets, blood, specific gravity, nitrate, bilirubin and urobilinogen.
While the urinalysis is only a small part of the series of test in assessing the kidneys, it is an important one. If the elevated markers show higher levels than normal of albumin, blood, glucose and pH balance, it is a signal that more complete test are needed.
Twenty-Four Hour Urine Tests – Just as name suggest, urine is collected for a 24 hour period. It is more accurate than a regular urinalysis. The Urea, nitrogen, and creatineine levels are given a more thorough analysis to determine the degree of kidney damage.
Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) and Creatinine Test – This is the most used blood test to determine the progress and damage to the kidneys. Creatinine and urea are normal waste materials removed from the body through the kidneys daily. If the test reveals a high level of these by-products, it is a sure indication that your kidneys are not performing properly.
Estimated GFR (eGFR) – Your doctor gains this information by doing a thorough analysis of your blood.
Electrolyte Levels – As the kidneys grow weaker, they can no longer do a proper job of of keeping a balance between what they need to keep and what waste mater bial they should get rid of. When this happens, the electrolytes in your blood, mainly potassium, phosphorus, and calcium, begin to build up to abnormal levels. The main concern of the doctor is a high potassium level.
Blood pH – The imbalance of the electrolytes in your blood causes your system to become too acid, or too alkaline. This can cause major health problems in other areas of your body.
Blood Cell Counts – When your kidneys are diseased they cannot produce enough of the hormone erythropoietin. This hormone builds the blood, and the diseased kidneys can not keep up a normal production, causing loo levels of hemoglobin, which often leads to anemia.
Ultrasounds – Ultrasounds are used to check for any blockage in the kidneys or urinary tract, such as kidney stones.
Biopsy – A small sample of kidney tissue is removed, using a needle, to be tested in the lab. In western medicine this process is used to try and determine if the kidney disease can be reversed.
These test for kidney disease are a necessary part of the complete profile modern western medicine uses
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