Chronic Kidney Disease

Informing Treatment Decisions

Labcorp is your source for detecting chronic kidney disease
and informing treatment decisions.

We’re dedicated to providing test results that empower earlier detection of CKD, support diagnoses, disease monitoring, and treatment
decisions. Together, let’s raise awareness about kidney health risks and enable better patient care.

4 out of 5 adults at risk for developing chronic kidney disease aren’t being fully tested.

Explore the findings from our Diabetes Care study and discuss the importance of early detection for chronic kidney disease patients. Plus, learn the latest on HEDIS measures and insights into task force recommendations on reassessing the inclusion of race in diagnosing CKD—in particular, the impact to eGFR. Hear the discussion with Labcorp and the National Kidney Foundation.

Early Detection Can Help Prevent Progression
and Improve Outcomes for Patients with
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) 2

Every minute, a half cup of blood flows through tiny filters in the kidneys as they remove waste and extra water to make urine, help control blood pressure and provide the right balance of minerals and nutrients in the blood. 

When kidneys are damaged—which is commonly caused by diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and/or family history of kidney failure—these important organs gradually lose their ability to function properly. The initial signs and symptoms in the early stages of kidney disease can often progress unnoticed without laboratory testing.

CKD is classified in five stages of kidney damage. A simple laboratory test provides important information about kidney function. One test result is called the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) 3, a calculation that is used to determine how well the kidneys are filtering waste and help diagnose the stage of kidney disease. An eGFR of 100 or more (depending on a patient’s age) is considered to be about 100 percent of the expected function of healthy kidneys. 

  • First Signs of Kidney Damage

    Kidneys are functioning well, but signs of initial damage are typically indicated by a protein called albumin4 detected in urine (albuminuria). 

  • Slightly Reduced Kidney Function

    Mild loss of kidney function is evident and albuminuria or other signs of kidney damage are also present.

  • Severely Reduced Kidney Function

    Visible signs and symptoms, such as swelling, fatigue, reduced appetite, and other complications can occur in some patients, who must prepare for potential end-stage renal failure and dialysis.

  • Severely Reduced Kidney Function 

    Visible signs and symptoms, such as swelling, fatigue, reduced appetite, and other complications can occur in some patients, who must prepare for potential end-stage renal failure and dialysis.

  • Complete or Near-Complete Kidney Failure 

    Dialysis or a kidney transplant is required at this very serious stage.

Together, Let’s Enable Early Detection of Chronic Kidney Disease and Improve Patient Health

References 

  1. Alfego D, Ennis J, Gillespie B, et al. Chronic Kidney Disease Testing Among At-risk Adults in the U.S. Remains Low: Real-World evidence From a National Laboratory Database. Diabetes Care. 2021;44:1-8. 
  2. What are the Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease? National Kidney Foundation. Accessed July 30, 2021. https://www.kidney.org/es/node/25721 
  3. Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR). National Kidney Foundation. Accessed July 30, 2021. https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/gfr 
  4. Albuminuria. National Kidney Foundation Accessed July 30, 2021. https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/albuminuria 
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