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Diagnosis of Nephritis

Many causes contribute to nephritis. Early diagnosis of nephritis help make a proper treatment and a better prognosis.

Blood Test

- Creatinine is the best routine blood test for measuring how well kidneys are working. It is a waste product produced by muscles and put out through the kidneys. This means that 'normal' levels depend on how much muscle you have, and this can cause some problems in spotting kidney disease.

- BUN. As kidney function declines, the BUN level rises.

- GFR (glomerular filtration rate). This test is a measure of how well the kidneys are removing wastes and excess fluid from the blood. A GFR below 15 indicates that a treatment for Kidney Failure, such as Dialysis or a Kidney Transplant, will be needed.

Urine Test

- Urinalysis. A urinalysis can help to detect a variety of kidney and urinary tract disorders, including chronic kidney disease, diabetes, bladder infections and kidney stones.

- Creatinine Clearance. It is a test which tell how much creatinine in your urine.

- Urine Protein. This may be done as part of a urinalysis or by a separate dipstick test. An excess amount of protein in the urine, called proteinuria.

Kidney Biopsy

Kidney biopsy is a test in which your doctor removes a small piece of kidney tissue to examine under a microscope for signs of damage or disease.

Imaging Test

An imaging test is a way to let doctors see what’s going on inside your body. Imaging tests for Nephritis may include CT scan and ultrasound.

If you have one of the following primary disease, you are suggested to monitor your kidney conditions, for they are the leading cause for Nephritis.

- High Blood Pressure

- Diabetes

- Cardiovascular Disease

- Structural Renal Tract Disease

- Autoimmune Disease

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