Kidney Function tests?
Kidney function tests are urine or blood tests that evaluate how well your kidneys are working. Most of these tests measure glomerular filtration rate (GFR). GFR assesses how efficiently your kidneys clear waste from your system.
What do your kidneys do?
Your kidneys are part of your urinary system. The two kidneys sit in the back of your abdomen just below your ribcage. They help your body filter waste materials and expel them as urine. Your kidneys are also vital for producing:
Why might I need a
kidney function test?
Some conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure (hypertension), affect how well the kidneys work. If you have one of these conditions, your healthcare provider may use kidney function tests to help monitor these conditions. You may also need a kidney function test if you have symptoms that indicate possible kidney problems. These symptoms might include:
What are the types of kidney function tests?
Your healthcare provider may order one or a few different types of kidney function tests. You may have blood tests for kidney function, such as:
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