Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) | Diagnosis & Tests


How can my doctor tell if I have CKD?

There are three simple tests that your doctor might do if he or she suspects you might have chronic kidney disease:

  • Blood pressure test
  • Urine albumin (a test to see how much protein is in the urine)
  • Serum creatinine (a test to see how much creatinine, a waste product, is in the blood)

Screening for chronic kidney disease in all adults is not currently recommended. If you have a condition that puts you at very high risk for chronic kidney disease, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, talk to your doctor about whether you should be tested.


Chronic Kidney Disease by Margaret Baumgarten, MD and Todd Gehr, MD (American Family Physician November 15, 2011,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 05/05