Test Findings
 

Elevated Urea

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Overview

  • 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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