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Summary

Key Points:
  • Chronic kidney disease affects large portions of the population, with over 1 in 10 American adults being affected. It is a source of significant burden on healthcare systems that is often propagated by poor health habits and comorbid conditions.
  • The clinical laboratory plays a critical role in the diagnosis and evaluation of CKD. The primary biomarkers used in the assessment of CKD include estimates of GFR (usually based on measurement of creatinine) and the presence and quantity of albumin that passes into the urine.
  • CKD itself cannot be cured. Treatments are oriented toward altering health habits that contribute to the disease, as well as pharmacological interventions to treat associated conditions.