The development of chronic renal failure is insidious initially causing no symptoms. As the function of the Kidneys decline over time, non-specific symptoms develop. It is not until advanced irreversable renal failure is reached are appreciable signs such as difficult to treat high blood pressure and swelling develop.
A key assessment of renal function is the estimation of the glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) which is a measure of how well kidneys are filtering blood. Chronic Kidney disease is defined by a low eGFR <60 mL/min/1.73 m2 that is persistent over three or more months. Calculating eGFR requires measurement of creatinine in the blood.
1. Basic Metabolic Panel
1.Anyone whose never had blood work looking at their kidney function
2.Anyone with Diabetes should routinely have an assessment of their kidney function done in conjunction with other routine assessment of their Diabetes.
3.As part of routine annual check up.
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