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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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    Kidney Dialysis

    Your kidneys help filter waste, excess fluid, and toxins from your blood. They are also important for blood cell production and bone health. If kidneys don't work properly, harmful substances build up in the body, blood pressure can rise, and too much fluid can collect in the body's tissues, which leads to swelling, called edema. If your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant to take over their job.

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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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