Kidney Disease Screening

Kidney Disease Screening

Your family doctor can check your kidneys with routine blood and urine tests.

In Manitoba, your family doctor gets your eGFR (estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate) and ACR (albumin creatinine ratio) from your routine blood and urine test results.

Your health-care provider will look at your eGFR number, ACR numbers and if you have hematuria (blood in the urine).

Your GFR is a measure of how well your kidneys filter waste, salt and water from your blood. Normal GFR is about 100 mls/min/1.73m2

Albumin is the most common type of protein in the urine. Creatinine is a waste that comes from your muscles. When your kidneys aren’t working well, albumin and creatinine may stay in the blood and not be filtered out. ACR is calculated by dividing albumin concentration in milligrams by creatinine concentration in grams.

How to Get Checked

  • Visit a doctor, nurse or kidney disease screening event: You will be asked for information and your blood and urine samples will be taken.
  • Health-care provider receives result: Based on your results, your health-care provider determines if they alone can manage your kidney health or if you need a referral to the Manitoba Renal Program.
  • Follow care plan: Follow any treatment plan set out by your doctor or a kidney doctor and care team. Many people can manage their chronic kidney disease in the early stages to prevent or delay progressing to kidney failure.