Kidney problems and disorders tests

Find reliable independent health and treatment information about kidney problems and disorders written by Australian experts. This includes resources for consumers and health professionals.

About kidney function tests

Your kidneys can be affected by many conditions, and there are different causes of reduced kidney function. Find out about the medical tests used to measure your kidney function.

We currently have no information specifically on kidney problems but we will be developing new resources as the need arises. In the meantime see the list of resource below, use the search box to find more, or review our information on kidney function tests for health professionals – so you can discuss this with your health carer.

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For health professionals  

Around 10% of adults presenting to general practice have chronic kidney disease, but an estimated 80% have at least one risk factor for it.1 Kidney function affects a wide array of medicines and chronic kidney disease is a major public health problem. A decline in kidney function is common in older people and predictive of adverse clinical outcomes, but this should not be considered an inevitable consequence of ageing.1 Periodic kidney function testing - particularly in those of advanced age or at risk - can enable early intervention and reduces the risk of medicine-induced problems.

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Clinical information

Quality use of medical tests means choosing the right test for the patient and using it at the right time. We have compiled some of the latest evidence and guidelines on kidney function testing to help you discuss the relevance of these tests with your patients.

  1. Kidney Health Australia. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) management in general practice. 2nd edition. 2012. [Online] (accessed 30 May 2013).

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30 Jun 2012 Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor and angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) therapy can be safely prescribed at all stages of kidney disease