MedSchool: Ace Your OSCEsThe Medical Company
GET - On the App Store
Test Findings

Elevated Urea



  • An elevated serum urea may be an indicator of renal injury, though it may also be raised in the setting of dehydration, protein breakdown or a protein load.
    • Causes of Elevated Urea

    • Renal Failure

    • Acute kidney injury
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Other Causes

    • Dehydration
    • Catabolic state - trauma, sepsis, starvation, corticosteroids
    • Protein load - GI bleed (especially upper GI), high protein diet
Want more info like this?
  • Your electronic clinical medicine handbook
  • Guides to help pass your exams
  • Tools every medical student needs
  • Quick diagrams to have the answers, fast
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge
Sign Up Now