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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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    Glomerulosclerosis

    Glomerulosclerosis refers to scarring or hardening of the glomeruli -- blood vessels located in the kidneys. The glomeruli filter the blood as it passes through the kidneys. They remove waste fluids that then leave the body as urine. Damaged glomeruli can't perform their job adequately. As a result, large amounts of protein from the blood leak into the urine rather than remaining in the bloodstream. This leads to a condition called proteinuria. Glomerulosclerosis can affect children and adults...

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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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