Who should be tested for CKD?

Who should be tested for CKD?

See your GP if you have persistent symptoms of CKD. They can look for other possible causes and arrange tests if necessary.

But as kidney disease often has no symptoms in the early stages, some people at a higher risk should ideally be tested regularly.

Regular testing is recommended for people with:

Talk to your GP if you think you may need regular testing for kidney disease.

Who should be tested for CKD

Tests for CKD

Blood test

The main test for kidney disease is a blood test that’s used to work out how well your kidneys are working. The test measures the levels of a waste product called creatinine in your blood.

Using this result, a calculation that takes into account your age, gender and ethnic group is then done to work out how many milliliters of waste your kidneys are able to filter in a minute.

This measurement is known as your estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).

Healthy kidneys should be able to filter more than 90ml/min. You may have kidney disease if your result is lower than this.

 

Blood Test

Blood Test

Urine tests

Urine tests are also usually carried out to:

  • check the levels of substances called albumin and creatinine in your urine – known as the albumin: creatinine ratio, or ACR
  • check for blood or protein in your urine

Alongside your eGFR measurement, these tests can help give a more accurate picture of how well your kidneys are working.

Urine tests

Urine tests

Other tests

Sometimes other tests are also used to assess the level of damage to your kidneys.

These may include:

Other tests

Other tests

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