The Renal Function Panel is a blood test that measures the levels of several substances in the blood, which can help evaluate the health of your kidneys. Here are some reasons why you may need to have your Renal Function Panel tested:
To monitor kidney function: The Renal Function Panel is commonly used to monitor kidney function and detect any changes in kidney function over time. This is particularly important for people with chronic kidney disease or other kidney-related conditions.
To diagnose kidney disease: The Renal Function Panel may also be used to help diagnose kidney disease or other kidney-related conditions, such as kidney stones or infections.
To monitor medication side effects: Certain medications, such as antibiotics or pain relievers, can affect kidney function. The Renal Function Panel may be used to monitor kidney function in people who are taking these medications.
To evaluate dehydration or electrolyte imbalances: The Renal Function Panel can also help evaluate dehydration or electrolyte imbalances, which can affect kidney function.
The Renal Function Panel typically includes measurements of creatinine, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and chloride. Your healthcare provider may also order additional tests, such as urinalysis or imaging tests, to further evaluate your kidney health. It’s important to discuss the results of your Renal Function Panel with your healthcare provider to determine if any additional testing or treatment is needed.