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Creatinine

Also known as: Creat; Cre; Blood creatinine; Serum creatinine; Urine creatinine
Formal name: Creatinine
Related tests: BUN; BUN/creatinine ratio; eGFR; Creatinine clearance; CMP; BMP; Urinalysis; Urine protein to creatinine ratio; Microalbumin

 

  • Why should I do it?

To determine if your kidneys are functioning normally and to monitor treatment for kidney disease

 

  • When should I do it?

Routinely as part of a comprehensive or basic metabolic panel; if your doctor suspects that you are suffering from kidney dysfunction or if you are acutely or chronically ill with a condition that may affect your kidneys and/or be worsened by kidney dysfunction; at intervals to monitor treatment for kidney disease or kidney function while on certain medications

 

  • What Kind of Sample is Needed?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm and/or a 24-hour urine sample

 

  • Test Preparation Needed?

None