Also Known As
Kidney Function Panel, Kidney Panel Test, Renal Panel Test
The Purpose of a Renal Panel
This test helps diagnose and manage conditions affecting kidney function. Renal panel labs can also be used as part of general health testing to find out if you are at risk of developing kidney disease or as a follow-up for someone who has already been diagnosed with kidney disease.
What Does the Renal Function Test Measure?
The panel tests several different levels associated with your kidney health. The specific components can vary by lab, but they may include:
Who Should Take a Renal Function Panel Test?
A renal function panel is often ordered for someone experiencing symptoms of kidney disease, such as:
- Swelling or puffiness, especially around the eyes, face, wrists, stomach, thighs, or ankles
- Urine that is foamy, bloody, or coffee-colored
- A decrease in urine production
- Problems urinating, such as a burning feeling, abnormal discharge, or a change urination frequency, especially at night
- Mid-back pain, below the ribs, near where the kidneys are located
Renal panels are also administered to monitor people who are being treated for kidney disease or have risk factors such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Renal Function Blood Test Preparation
Renal function testing requires a 12-hour fast prior to the blood draw. (It is OK to drink water.)
Renal Profile Blood Test Results
The normal ranges for a renal function test vary, depending on the substance being tested as well as your age, gender, and other health factors. Depending on the results, you may need to undergo further kidney testing to diagnose or monitor any issues. Your physician may also recommend lifestyle changes to safeguard your kidney health, such as eating a kidney-friendly diet. Personalabs can offer you guidance as you make your healthcare decisions; just schedule a telehealth appointment with one of our board-certified doctors.
Where Can I Get Renal Function Testing Near Me?
Personalabs makes renal function panel tests easily accessible. They’re among many health tests you can shop for on our website. And when it’s time to have your blood drawn, simply go to one of our affiliated Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp facilities near you. To get a renal profile blood test:
Step 1: Download the lab order when you purchase the test. (You may not need a doctor to sign off on the purchase, depending on the state where you live.)
Step 2: Use our locator to find the lab near you among our 4,000-plus partner facilities across the country.
Step 3: Bring the renal function blood test order to the lab for your appointment or walk-in visit.
Step 4: A confidential results report should arrive in your private Personalabs portal within 2 to 10 business days. (Contact us if you need our help contacting the lab to get a specific turnaround time.)
Take control of your kidney health with fast, reliable renal panel labs from Personalabs.