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KIDNEYS >> Measures of Kidney Function >> Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN)

Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) is another measure of wastes (urea) in the blood. Urea is produced from the breakdown of protein already in the body and protein in your diet. A high BUN usually means that kidney function is less than normal, but other factors may affect the BUN level. Bleeding in the intestines, congestive heart failure, and certain medications may make the BUN higher than normal. As BUN rises, symptoms of kidney disease may appear, such as a bad taste in the mouth, poor appetite, nausea, and vomiting. In dialysis, BUN is used to measure whether a person is receiving the correct amount of dialysis. Sometimes a low BUN may also mean that you are not eating enough protein.

Normal value: The normal BUN level for healthy individuals is 7-20 mg/dL in adults, and 5-18 mg/dL in children. Patients on dialysis have higher BUN levels, usually 40-60 mg/dL.

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