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Kidney function tests

Definition

Kidney function tests are common lab tests used to evaluate how well the kidneys are working. Such tests include:

How the test is performed

How to prepare for the test

How the test will feel

Why the test is performed

Normal Values

What abnormal results mean

What the risks are

Special considerations

References

Pincus MR, Abraham NZ. Interpreting laboratory results. In: McPherson RA, Pincus MR, eds. . 22nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 8.

Oh MS. Evaluation of renal function, water, electrolytes and acid-base balance. In: McPherson RA, Pincus MR, eds. . 22nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 14.

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