Kidneys are bean shaped organs responsible for filtering the blood and regulating the fluid balance in the body. They maintain the normal pH lever and water balance in the body. Blood in the body circulates through the kidney. Waste gets removed as urine. Nephrons are tiny filters found in kidney. There are no obvious symptoms of kidney problem even if 10% of kidneys are working.
There are a group of test (Kidney Function Test) conducted to understand how well the kidneys are working.
Blood Urea Nitrogen / Urea – Amount of urea present in the blood. Higher amount of urea present can be a symptom of some issue with kidney function.
Uric Acid – Level of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is removed from the body through urine. Higher amount of uric acid is an indicator of improper kidney function.
Creatinine – Level of Creatinine in the blood. Creatinine too is a waste product. Higher level of Creatinine indicates kidney problem.
Simple blood test can be done to get the various parameters of kindey function test. Results are to be correlated with clinical conditions. Keeping a tab on these parameters are very useful to measure and understand the functioning of the kidney. Altered values can raise alarm and corrective steps can be taken.
These days – Kidney Function test is quite affordable and sampling can be done from the comfort of one’s home at one’s convenient time.
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