Why to get tested?
To evaluate the health of your kidneys; to help diagnose kidney disease; to monitor treatment for kidney disease
When to get tested?
Routinely as part of a comprehensive or basic metabolic panel; when your have signs and symptoms that may be due to kidney disease or damage or when you have a condition that may affect your kidneys and/or be worsened by kidney dysfunction; at intervals to monitor treatment for kidney disease or kidney function while on certain medications
What sample needed?
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm and/or a 24-hour urine sample
What preparation I need before test?
You may be instructed to fast overnight or refrain from eating cooked meat; some studies have shown that eating cooked meat prior to testing can temporarily increase the level of creatinine.