Laboratory Evaluation of Kidney Function


There are currently over 26 million Americans living with chronic kidney disease, and the prevalence has been increasing steadily since the 1990’s. Since chronic kidney disease develops over many years, the laboratory plays an important role in evaluating individuals prior to the overt appearance of symptoms. One function that can be monitored through the progression of disease is the filtering capacity of the kidney. This presentation discusses laboratory tests commonly used to evaluate kidney function and reviews the current clinical practice guidelines for assessing chronic kidney disease.

Originally presented on May 13, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lecture Presenter

Sarah Hackenmueller, PhD

Sarah Hackenmueller, PhD

Clinical Chemistry Fellow
University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Hackenmueller is from Eagle River, AK. She received her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biochemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, and a graduate degree in Physiology and Pharmacology from the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR. She recently began her second year in the Clinical Chemistry Fellowship at the University of Utah. Her academic and research interests lie in expanding the role of mass spectrometry in the clinical laboratory.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Diagram the functional unit of the kidney.
  • Compare and contrast the markers used to evaluate glomerular filtration rate.
  • List criteria for staging chronic kidney disease.

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, and ARUP Laboratories