Metabolites are the chemical products of metabolism. The term “metabolite” usually refers to small molecules that have various functions in the body. While it is important to identify persons with chronic kidney disease (CKD) as early as possible to prevent complications, measures of kidney function are usually based on the blood concentrations of the metabolite called creatinine. However, those creatinine concentrations only start to become elevated after fifty percent of the kidney function has already been lost. If you are suffering with kidney disease and your own condition was originally misdiagnosed, you may be a victim of medical malpractice, and you should consult immediately with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Newly discovered blood markers may lead to improved and earlier diagnoses of kidney disease, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The findings could help clinicians monitor patients’ kidney health. German researchers measured the concentrations of almost 500 metabolites in the blood of several thousand individuals from the general population. Six of the metabolites strongly correlate with kidney function. Two of the metabolites were equally good measures of kidney function and disease progression in patients with CKD when compared to creatinine.
With early and accurate diagnosis, chronic kidney disease can be managed, and most patients can live essentially normal lives. A number of tests are available for kidney disease screening. When you tell or show your doctor that you are suffering the symptoms of kidney disease, failing to test for it is medical negligence. General practitioners are generally not trained or equipped to treat kidney disease, so when the tests indicate kidney abnormalities, failing to refer the patient to a kidney specialist may also be medical negligence. Kidney doctors – nephrologists – test and treat most of their patients based on referrals from general practitioners. If you have been a victim of misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose your kidney disease, speak at once to an experienced medical malpractice attorney.