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Kidney function tests

Kidney function tests are common lab tests used to evaluate how well the kidneys are working. Such tests include:

References

Oh MS, Briefel G. Evaluation of renal function, water, electrolytes, and acid-base balance. In: McPherson RA, Pincus MR, eds. Henry's Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods. 23rd ed. St Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2017:chap 14.

Pincus MR, Abraham NZ. Interpreting laboratory results. In: McPherson RA, Pincus MR, eds. Henry's Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods. 23rd ed. St Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2017:chap 8.

    • Kidney anatomy

      Kidney anatomy - illustration

      The kidneys are responsible for removing wastes from the body, regulating electrolyte balance and blood pressure, and the stimulation of red blood cell production.

      Kidney anatomy

      illustration

    • Kidney - blood and urine flow

      Kidney - blood and urine flow - illustration

      This is the typical appearance of the blood vessels (vasculature) and urine flow pattern in the kidney. The blood vessels are shown in red and the urine flow pattern in yellow.

      Kidney - blood and urine flow

      illustration

    • Kidney function tests

      Kidney function tests - illustration

      Blood or urine is commonly collected to test for how the kidneys are functioning. Some kidney function tests include: creatine, creatinine-urine, creatine clearance, and BUN test.

      Kidney function tests

      illustration

      • Kidney anatomy

        Kidney anatomy - illustration

        The kidneys are responsible for removing wastes from the body, regulating electrolyte balance and blood pressure, and the stimulation of red blood cell production.

        Kidney anatomy

        illustration

      • Kidney - blood and urine flow

        Kidney - blood and urine flow - illustration

        This is the typical appearance of the blood vessels (vasculature) and urine flow pattern in the kidney. The blood vessels are shown in red and the urine flow pattern in yellow.

        Kidney - blood and urine flow

        illustration

      • Kidney function tests

        Kidney function tests - illustration

        Blood or urine is commonly collected to test for how the kidneys are functioning. Some kidney function tests include: creatine, creatinine-urine, creatine clearance, and BUN test.

        Kidney function tests

        illustration

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      Review Date: 10/15/2018

      Reviewed By: Walead Latif, MD, nephrologist and Clinical Associate Professor, Rutgers Medical School, Newark, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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