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In support of National Kidney Month, this March we are highlighting lab tests related to kidney health. Read about tests that can help in the screening, diagnosis and monitoring of kidney disorders, such as:

  • Renal Panel (also known as a Kidney Panel, Renal Function Panel or Kidney Function Panel) – a group of tests that can be ordered together and used in the early detection, diagnosis, and monitoring of kidney problems. For example, a renal panel may be ordered if someone has risk factors for kidney disease like high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of kidney disease, or if a person has symptoms that could be explained by a kidney problem. Learn about the tests that may be included in this panel, such as:
  • Urine Albumin – often used for screening and diagnosis of kidney disease. A urine albumin test checks the levels of albumin in the urine because abnormal amounts of this protein can be a sign of kidney problems. A urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio can also be calculated and is a common way to screen for high levels of albumin, known as albuminuria.