The importance of renal screening

In 1951 the United States Commission of Chronic Illness defined screening as “the presumptive identification of unrecognised disease or defect by the application of tests, examinations, or other procedures which can be applied rapidly.

A screening test is done to detect potential health abnormalities or illness in people who do not have any symptoms of disease. The goal is early detection and lifestyle changes or surveillance, to reduce the risk of disease. It would also allow early treatment options.

Finding out about a problem early can mean that treatment is more effective as well. Finding out you have a health problem or an increased chance of a health problem can help people make better-informed decisions about their health with diet and lifestyle choices.

Renal screening is effective and has helped many people prevent kidney failure. Simple tests designed to detect the different functions of the kidney are available. Blood samples to assess the level of creatinine and urea as well as urine analysis for abnormal protein loss is done as part of screening programmes.

The following patients would benefit from screening
1. Long-standing history of diabetes or hypertension
2. A first-degree relative with kidney failure or kidney damage
3. Previous history of unresolved kidney disease
4. History of drug or NSAIDS use
5. Patients over the age of 60

Patients with chronic kidney disease can go many years without any symptoms. The window of opportunity for detection is thus much larger than for other medical conditions

Knowing your kidney status is extremely important and has the potential to save lives. Get screened at your local healthcare provider today.