Kidney Function Evaluation
Because kidney disease does not usually produce symptoms in its early stages, many patients who have abnormal kidney function are unaware of it. Regular kidney function evaluation can detect kidney problems in their earliest stages. People who have high blood pressure, diabetes and/or a family history of kidney conditions are at greater risk, and therefore are more likely to benefit from kidney function testing.
Kidney Function Evaluation Tests
To evaluate kidney function, a doctor performs a physical examination and orders tests that may include the following:
- Blood tests to monitor the amount of creatinine, urea nitrogen (BUN), and other labs
- Urine tests to check for protein or blood
- Blood pressure evaluation
- Imaging studies if needed