What tests are used to diagnose hypertensive kidney disease?
Blood pressure measurements establish a diagnosis of hypertension. If there is associated kidney disease, blood and urine tests will help identify and classify it. Imaging of the kidneys, typically by ultrasound, may also be needed.
The established standard for diagnosing high blood pressure is determined from the information we gather over 24 hours using an ambulatory blood pressure monitor. This automated tool measures blood pressure around the clock, during normal daytime activities, as well as while asleep.
Why choose us to test for hypertensive kidney disease?
High blood pressure in children is rare and it is often a sign that a kidney problem is present. Pediatric kidney specialists are the best type of doctors to see for children with such a condition. Our program offers state-of-the-art care for children with high blood pressure and kidney disease. We can provide very thorough assessments of blood pressure and have extensive experience diagnosing and managing kidney diseases in children.
How do we make a diagnosis of hypertensive kidney disease?
In children, hypertensive kidney disease is rare. We typically assess children who have high blood pressure to see if there is underlying kidney disease or condition that may be causing the high blood pressure. We do this through laboratory tests, such as blood and urine or imaging tests such as an ultrasound, CT scan or MRI. We manage high blood pressure in children, whether it is caused by kidney disease or not.