Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “RENAL SCREEN“ to remember about the Diagnostic Tests For Chronic Kidney Disease
Mnemonic : RENAL SCREEN
R – Renal Function Panel: This includes tests like creatinine and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) to assess overall kidney function.
E – Electrolyte Levels: This refers to measurements of sodium, potassium, and calcium levels, which can be affected by kidney function.
N – Nephrology Consult: Consultation with a nephrologist for expert evaluation and guidance in managing kidney disease.
A – Albumin-to-Creatinine Ratio: A test to assess protein leakage in the urine, a sign of kidney damage.
L – GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate): This test estimates how well the kidneys are filtering waste from the blood.
S – Serum Creatinine: A marker of kidney function, and it’s a part of the Renal Function Panel.
C – Complete Blood Count (CBC): Helps evaluate anemia, which can be associated with kidney disease.
R – Renal Ultrasound: An imaging test to check the size and structure of the kidneys.
E – Estimated Creatinine Clearance: A formula-based method to assess kidney function.
E – Electrocardiogram (ECG): To detect heart problems that can arise from kidney disease.
N – Nephrotic Syndrome Panel: A specialized test to diagnose conditions like nephrotic syndrome that affect the kidneys.
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