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KIDNEYS >> Blood Tests for Kidney Function
Abnormal blood tests of kidney function
A routine panel of blood tests (which is often done either as part of an annual physical, or in preparation for surgery) includes a BUN (blood urea nitrogen) and a creatinine. These two substances are normal metabolic waste products that are excreted by the kidneys. In kidney disease, they are not excreted as well as they should be, so the amounts in the blood rise and can be detected on routine blood tests. This is often the very first indication of kidney disease, and is often noted at a time well before any symptoms or other abnormalities become evident.

Blood Tests
The simplest way to monitor kidney function is to obtain blood tests for BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) and creatinine. These two substances are normal metabolic waste products that are excreted by the kidneys. Urea is a byproduct of protein breakdown, and creatinine is a byproduct of normal muscle functioning. In kidney disease, these substances (as well as numerous others) are not excreted normally, so they accumulate in the body. This causes an increase in blood levels of urea and creatinine, which can be easily detected on blood tests.

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