Which lab studies are used in the diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

Updated: Jul 21, 2021
  • Author: Pradeep Arora, MD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Laboratory studies used in the diagnosis of CKD can include the following:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Basic metabolic panel
  • Urinalysis
  • Serum albumin levels: Patients may have hypoalbuminemia due to malnutrition, urinary protein loss, or chronic inflammation
  • Lipid profile: Patients with CKD have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease

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