Kidney Function Test (Renal Profile)

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Renal means relating to the kidneys, which are the organs responsible for filtering and cleaning the blood. A profile is a test that involves more than one measurement using the same sample.

A renal profile is a collection of measurements that provide multi-faceted information about the health of the kidneys. This renal profile test is performed using a blood sample and can play a role in early detection, diagnosis, and monitoring of kidney problems.

Purpose of the Renal Profile

The purpose of a renal profile test is to find or rule out potential kidney impairment or disease. Depending on the circumstances, it may be used for diagnosis, screening, or monitoring.

Diagnosis is the identification of a health problem after signs or symptoms have started. A renal panel may be ordered if the doctor believes that symptoms could be related to an issue affecting the kidneys.

Screening is testing with the goal of early detection of a problem. Screening tests are done before any symptoms have occurred. For people who are at higher risk of developing kidney disease, a renal panel may be prescribed to try to reveal problems at an earlier stage.

Monitoring is how a patient’s situation can be tracked over time. Repeat testing with a renal panel can show if the condition of the kidneys is getting better or worse. This monitoring may be done after treatment for kidney disease. It can also be used to watch for changes to kidney function when taking medications that can cause kidney impairment.


What does the Renal Profile measure?

A renal profile includes multiple measurements. However, not all renal panel tests are exactly the same. The components can depend on the laboratory or the measurements requested by the doctor prescribing the test.

The most common components tested in most renal panels include:

  • Calcium: Calcium is a mineral that is vital for the bones, muscles, cardiovascular system, and nervous system. The main source of calcium is your diet, and the body stores calcium in the bones.
  • Creatinine: Creatinine is a waste byproduct that is consistently formed as a result of normal muscle activity. The kidneys remove creatinine from the blood so that it can be carried out of the body in urine.
  • Blood urea nitrogen (BUN): Urea nitrogen, sometimes just called urea, is a waste product from protein activity. Like creatinine, it is removed from the blood by the kidneys and cleared from the body in urine.
  • Uric Acid: The uric acid blood test is used to detect high levels of this compound in the blood in order to help diagnose gout. The test is also used to monitor uric acid levels in people undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer. Rapid cell turnover from such treatment can result in an increased uric acid level.

Other measurements that may also included in a renal profile include:

  • BUN-to-creatinine ratio: In some cases, comparing the amounts of the waste products BUN and creatinine can provide information about whether abnormal levels are being caused by problems in the kidneys or another part of the body..


When should I get a renal panel test?

A renal profile test can be used in a range of circumstances, and the doctor may include specific measurements depending on your situation.

As a diagnostic test, a renal panel is most frequently used when you have symptoms that could be explained by a kidney problem. Examples of symptoms that can be tied to kidney impairment or disease include:

  • Urinary changes including changes to the frequency, quantity, or appearance of your urine
  • Unexplained swelling, especially in your arms, hands, legs, and/or face
  • Itching
  • Loss of concentration
  • Appetite changes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle cramps or pain

A test like the renal profile may also be used for diagnosis when you have general symptoms without a clear cause or are being evaluated in an urgent care or emergency setting.

As a screening test, the renal profile or other tests of kidney health are most often prescribed if you have certain risk factors for kidney disease. Some of these risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, and a family history of kidney disease.

For people with an elevated risk of kidney problems, screening with a renal panel may be part of normal health checkups. Screening of this type is not standard in people who do not have risk factors.

A renal profile can be used as a monitoring test if you have had kidney problems in the past or have already had an abnormal renal panel test. If you are receiving treatment for kidney injury or disease, a renal panel may be used to gauge your response to that therapy.

If you are going to have a medical procedure or take any drugs that can impair kidney function, your doctor may prescribe a renal panel before and/or after to monitor for possible kidney-related side effects.

FAQs related to Renal Profile:

Q. Who should take Renal Profile tests?

Answer:  You may need to take a renal function test if you show the following symptoms:

  • Brown or bloody urine
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Infrequent urination
  • Swelling due to accumulation of body fluids
  • Severe pain or cramps
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abnormal sleep schedule
  • Itchy skin
  • Low appetite

A nephrologist may also recommend you take a renal function test if you have medical conditions that can increase your risk of developing kidney diseases. The medical conditions include:

  • Chronic diseases, like diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension,obesity
  • Detrimental lifestyle factors, such as excessive smoking , and alcohol intake
  • Family history of kidney abnormalities

Q. Do I need to practice fasting for a kidney function test?

Answer:  Nephrologists recommend that you fast for 8-12 hours before taking the kidney function test at home. Nutrition in foods can interfere with the analysis and skew your results. Ensure you only consume water during the fasting period. It is ideal to fast through the night and start your test when you wake up the next day.

Q. When will I get the reports?

Answer: The results of your renal profile will be available on your sms/email within 24/48 hours.

Q. What happens once I get my results?

Answer: You can get in touch with top Nephrologists after the reports of your renal profile tests are back. They will consult and help on risk of kidney diseases.

Q. Do I need a doctor’s prescription for the tests?

Answer:  This renal profile does not require a doctor’s prescription. In case your doctor has prescribed certain Nephrologists tests to you, you should consult with them to see if any of the tests listed in this package are for you.

Booking Procedure:

  • Fill the booking form on right side with Name, Address, Mobile no.
  • Blood/Urine samples will be collected from your Home address. 10-12 hrs fasting is required.
  • You need to make the payment by cash to Thyrocare when Technician comes to pick up the samples OR Pay online after confirmation of booking.
  • Reports will be couriered at your residence in 3-4 working days if hardcopy is opted. We will email the reports within 48-72 hrs on your email address mentioned while booking.

  • Sample pickup at home

  • Online reports within 48 hours
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