Your kidneys keep you healthy by filtering and removing waste products from your blood. The Renal Panel checks to see if the kidneys are working properly. If they aren’t toxins can build up in the blood and cause damage.
- Blood and urine samples
- 1 mL serum collected in SST
Who should get tested?
More than 1 in 7 adults, about 30 million, in the US have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), but most (96%) people with mild kidney damage are not aware of having CKD.¹ During the early stages of CKD there may be no symptoms, the best way to protect yourself from kidney disease is to know the risk factors and get tested routinely. Some of the risk factors for CKD include:²
- High blood pressure
- Family history of kidney disease
- >60 years old
- Note: Result turnaround times are only an estimate and may be subject to change.
- Test turnaround time for Renal Panel is typically 1-2 business days.
- This panel requires fasting (no food or drink, only water) for 8-12 hours before your appointment.
Individual Test Information
- Glucose: Abnormal blood sugar levels can indicate a number of conditions including Diabetes. Over time, high glucose levels can damage the kidneys.
- BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen): A waste product filtered through the kidneys. Used to evaluate kidney function.
- Creatinine: A waste product produced by the muscles which is filtered through the kidneys. Used to Evaluate Kidney Function.
- BUN/Creatinine Ratio: This measurement can indicate kidney disease or conditions such as dehydration or intestinal bleeding.
- Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR): The amount of blood filtered by the kidneys. Used to screen for and detect early kidney damage.
- Calcium: Normal levels are important for healthy bones, heart, nerves, kidneys, and teeth.
- Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Carbon Dioxide, Total: An improper electrolyte balance can indicate a number of conditions including dehydration, Addison's disease, kidney disease, and Diabetes.
- Albumin: A protein important for healthy liver and kidney function.
- Phosphorus: Low levels of phosphorus can be indicative of a number of illnesses while high levels may be a symptom of kidney failure.³
- “Chronic Kidney Disease Basics.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7 Feb. 2020, www.cdc.gov/kidneydisease/basics.html.
- “Causes and Risk Factors.” Kidney Disease Risk Factors, Causes, & Prevention - American Kidney Fund (AKF), www.kidneyfund.org/prevention/are-you-at-risk/.
- “Online Renal Function Panel Tests: Discounted Renal Function Panel Testing: Request A Test.” Request A Test, requestatest.com/renal-function-panel-testing.