What findings may be noted during the physical exam of a patient with chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

Updated: Jul 21, 2021
  • Author: Pradeep Arora, MD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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A careful physical examination is imperative. It may reveal findings characteristic of the condition that is underlying chronic kidney disease (CKD) (eg, lupus, severe arteriosclerosis, hypertension) or its complications (eg, anemia, bleeding diathesis, pericarditis). However, the lack of findings on physical examination does not exclude kidney disease. In fact, CKD is frequently clinically silent, so screening of patients without signs or symptoms at routine health visits is important.

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