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Test Findings

Elevated Urea

April 24th, 2019


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
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