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

  • Whether kidney disease happened suddenly or has been happening over a long time.
  • What is causing the kidney damage.
  • Which treatment is best to help slow kidney damage.
  • How well treatment is working.
  • When to begin dialysis or have a kidney transplant.

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: August 29, 2013
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