PDR Health

Chronic Kidney Disease Diagnosis

How to diagnose CKD?

There are several ways to diagnose chronic kidney disease (CKD). Your doctor may use one or more of the following tests:

1. Blood tests

Your doctor may order blood tests to check for kidney function. These tests measure the levels of creatinine and urea in your blood. Creatinine is a waste product that is produced by muscle activity. Urea is made from ammonia, which is a waste product of protein metabolism.

2. Urinalysis

Urinalysis is a test that checks for proteins and other substances in your urine. These substances may be signs of kidney damage.

3. Imaging tests

Imaging tests can help your doctor see the size

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood as well as they should. The kidneys are responsible for removing waste and excess fluid from the body. When the kidneys are not functioning properly, waste and fluid can build up in the body, causing a variety of symptoms.

There are two main types of CKD: primary and secondary. Primary CKD is caused by a problem with the structure or function of the kidneys themselves. Secondary CKD is caused by another medical condition that damages the kidneys, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

CKD can occur over many years without causing any symptoms. In fact, many people with CKD do not even know they have it. However, CKD can lead to kidney failure, which is when the kidneys are no longer able to filter blood and waste properly. Kidney failure can be life-threatening if left untreated.

If you have CKD, it is important to see your doctor regularly for checkups. Your doctor can monitor your condition and make sure you are receiving the treatment you need to prevent or delay kidney failure.

What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease?

The symptoms of CKD vary depending on the stage of the disease. In the early stages, there may be no symptoms at all. As the disease progresses, some common symptoms may include:

• Fatigue

• Weakness

• Loss of appetite

• Nausea

• Vomiting

• Weight loss

• Difficulty urinating

• Swelling in the feet, ankles, or legs

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see your doctor so that you can be diagnosed and treated.