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What do high blood urea nitrogen (BUN) levels mean?

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High BUN levels can indicate various problems with your kidneys. Talk to your doctor about what could be causing the problem and plan your next steps.

High levels can also indicate:

  • Dehydration
  • Urinary tract obstruction
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Shock
  • Burn injuries
  • Stress
  • Heart attack
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Blood Urea Nitrogen."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Blood Urea Nitrogen."

National Kidney Foundation: "Tests to Measure Kidney Function."

Mayo Clinic: "Blood Urea Nitrogen Test," "Heart Failure."

Scripps Health Foundation: "BUN -- Blood Test."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Gastrointestinal Bleeding."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Creatinine."

National Health Service (U.K.): "Malnutrition."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 09, 2019

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Blood Urea Nitrogen."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Blood Urea Nitrogen."

National Kidney Foundation: "Tests to Measure Kidney Function."

Mayo Clinic: "Blood Urea Nitrogen Test," "Heart Failure."

Scripps Health Foundation: "BUN -- Blood Test."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Gastrointestinal Bleeding."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Creatinine."

National Health Service (U.K.): "Malnutrition."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 09, 2019

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