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    Tests for chronic kidney disease are vital to help find out:

    After you are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, blood and urine tests can help you and your doctor monitor the disease.

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    Tests to check kidney function

    When kidney function is decreased, substances such as urea, creatinine, and certain electrolytes begin to build up in the blood. The following tests measure levels of these substances to show how well your kidneys are working.

    Tests for anemia

    If the kidneys don't produce enough of the hormone erythropoietin needed to make red blood cells, anemia can develop. The following tests help monitor anemia:

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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