Kidney disease self-assessment

Are your kidneys healthy?

People can have kidney disease without being aware of it. There are often no symptoms until the disease is quite advanced.


Research has shown that some people are at higher risk of developing kidney disease and should have their kidney function checked even if 
they feel well.


Take this test to find out if 

you should have your 
kidney
function checked. 

Questions

  1. Do you have diabetes?
    1. yes (Add 2 points)
      • Diabetes: up to 40% of people with diabetes will develop kidney disease, so regular monitoring, at least annually, is recommended.
    2. no
  2. Do you have, or are you being treated for, high blood pressure?
    1. Yes, I have high blood pressure but I'm not being treated (Add 2 points)
      • High blood pressure: this can lead to kidney damage or, in some cases, be a sign of kidney disease
    2. Yes, I am being treated for high blood pressure (Add 2 points)
      • High blood pressure: this can lead to kidney damage or, in some cases, be a sign of kidney disease
    3. No
  3. Have you had any of the following circulation problems? (You can pick more than one)
    1. Angina (Add 2 points)
      • Angina: this may be associated with narrowing of the arteries that supply the kidneys, which can cause kidney damage
    2. Heart attack (Add 2 points)
      • Heart attack: this may be associated with narrowing of the arteries that supply the kidneys, which can cause kidney damage
    3. Stroke or mini stroke (Add 2 points)
      • Stroke: this may be associated with narrowing of the arteries that supply the kidneys, which can cause kidney damage
    4. Poor circulation in your legs (Add 2 points)
      • Poor circulation: pain in the leg muscles after walking a short distance may indicate circulation problems that could be associated with kidney disease
    5. Amputation due to poor circulation (Add 2 points)
      • Poor circulation: this may be associated with narrowing of the arteries that supply the kidneys, which can cause kidney damage
    6. Aortic aneurysm (Add 2 points)
      • Aortic aneurysm: this may be associated with narrowing of the arteries that supply the kidneys, which can cause kidney damage
    7. Heart failure (Add 2 points)
      • Heart failure: this may be associated with narrowing of the arteries that supply the kidneys, which can cause kidney damage
    8. None of these
  4. Have you had any of the following? (You can pick more than one)
    1. Multiple kidney stones (Add 2 points)
      • Multiple kidney stones: this can cause scarring of the kidneys and can result in reduced kidney function
    2. Multiple urine infections, for example three or more in a six-month period (Add 2 points)
      • Multiple urine infections: this can cause scarring of the kidneys, especially if they occur in children, and can result in reduced kidney function
    3. Kidney surgery (Add 2 points)
      • Kidney surgery: this can cause scarring of the kidneys and can result in reduced kidney function
    4. Enlarged prostate gland (Add 2 points)
      • Enlarged prostate gland: this can cause difficulty in passing urine of having to strain during passing urine. Both can cause scarring of the kidneys and can result in reduced kidney function
    5. Cancer of the prostate gland (Add 2 points)
      • Cancer of the prostate gland: this can cause scarring of the kidneys and can result in reduced kidney function
    6. Bladder cancer (Add 2 points)
      • Bladder cancer: this can cause scarring of the kidneys and can result in reduced kidney function
    7. None of these
  5. Have you been diagnosed with any of the following? (You can pick more than one)
    1. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (Add 2 points)
      • Systemic lupus erythematosus: this can have a damaging effect on different organs in the body including your kidneys
    2. Multiple myeloma (Add 2 points)
      • Multiple myeloma: this can have a damaging effect on different organs in the body including your kidneys
    3. Rheumatoid arthritis (Add 2 points)
      • Rheumatoid arthritis: this can have a damaging effect on different organs in the body including your kidneys
    4. Liver disease (Add 2 points)
      • Liver disease: this can have a damaging effect on different organs in the body including your kidneys
    5. Sickle cell disease (Add 2 points)
      • Sickle cell disease: this can have a damaging effect on different organs in the body including your kidneys
    6. HIV infection (Add 2 points)
      • HIV: this can have a damaging effect on different organs in the body including your kidneys
    7. None of these
  6. Do you have a family history of kidney disease? (You can pick more than one)
    1. Parent or child who has a kidney disease that may be inherited (Add 2 points)
      • Family history: some kidney diseases are caused by abnormalities in genes that may be passed from one generation to the next
    2. Parent or child who requires regular kidney dialysis (Add 2 points)
      • Family history: some kidney diseases are caused by abnormalities in genes that may be passed from one generation to the next
    3. Parent or child who has had a kidney transplant (Add 2 points)
      • Family history: some kidney diseases are caused by abnormalities in genes that may be passed from one generation to the next
    4. No
  7. Have you ever had a urine test that was positive for blood or protein? 
    1. yes (Add 2 points)
      • Abnormal urine test: in some, but not all, cases this can be a sign of kidney disease so it's worth further investigation
    2. no
  8. Are you taking any of the following drugs?(You can pick more than one)
    1. Ciclosporin (Add 2 points)
      • Ciclosporin: this drug may cause kidney function to decrease slowly. If you're taking it over a long period you should ask for a kidney function check at least annually
    2. Tacrolimus (Add 2 points)
      • Tacrolimus: this drug may cause kidney function to decrease slowly. If you're taking it over a long period you should ask for a kidney function check at least annually
    3. Lithium (Add 2 points)
      • Lithium: this drug may cause kidney function to decrease slowly. If you're taking it over a long period you should ask for a kidney function check at least annually
    4. Mesalazine (Add 2 points)
      • Mesalazine: this drug may cause kidney function to decrease slowly. If you're taking it over a long period you should ask for a kidney function check at least annually
    5. Any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Add 2 points)
      • Any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: these drugs may cause kidney function to decrease slowly. They should not be taken over a long period, but if it's essential you should ask for a kidney function check at least annually
    6. None of these

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