Chronic Kidney Failure refers to kidney function level declining gradually. If uncontrolled effectively, it may progress into end stage. In that condition, patients may have to do dialysis or kidney transplant. Therefore, the earlier patients find their chronic kidney failure, the more chance they may recover healthy kidneys.
Here are several methods that can help find kidney failure timely?
1. Blood test
Blood circulation has a close link with kidneys. When kidneys are unable to filter blood normally, some waste products such as creatinine and urea will build up in the blood. Therefore, serum creatinine and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) tests are done commonly to reflect how well kidneys are functioning.
2. Urine test
Some urine tests only need a few ounces of urine, while 24-hour urine test require the collection of all urine produced for the whole day 24 hours. These tests can not only reflect the condition of kidney filters but also detect infections, anemia and other kidney failure complications.
3. Kidney failure symptoms
When kidneys are unable to play their function effectively, many symptoms and complications may appear. Some of them are:
- Swelling: It occurs when fluid retains in face, legs, feet, hands, ankles, abdomen and some other regions.
- Urination changes: Less urine output, blood urine or foamy urine are common signs of kidney disease.
- Fatigue or tiredness: As more and more waste products and toxins build up in the body, patients may feel fatigue easily. Besides, renal anemia is another cause of this problem.
4. A long history of high blood pressure or diabetes
At present, high blood pressure and diabetes are two leading causes of chronic kidney failure. If you have this condition, remember to do test regularly.
The above methods can help find chronic kidney failure timely and make patients accept treatment. If you still have anything unclear, you can contact us directly.