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Doctors may be better able to identify renal disease

Chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease are two common complications associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. These are both serious conditions, and doctors in Pennsylvania and around the country have not always been able to easily identify patients with these conditions using standard methods.

When seeking to determine if a person has either kidney condition, doctors will typically look at a patient's albumin to creatinine ratio and the estimated glomerular filtration rate. However, researchers have found that these two markers have not been able to successfully indicate 100 percent of patients with these kidney problems. As a result, many individuals with these problems may not be correctly diagnosed or treated.

In 2012, a team of doctors discovered that there seemed to be a correlation between tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 and a reduction in renal function in patients who suffered from type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The findings were published in Kidney International, and they indicate that their test's success rate is 71 percent for identifying patients with end-stage renal disease.

While tests can help doctors determine what medical conditions a person is suffering from, a doctor may need to run a variety of tests to figure out what a person's exact problem is. The failure to diagnose a condition accurately and in a timely manner can have severe consequences for a patient. People waiting for a diagnoses or who are inaccurately diagnosed will not receive the treatment they need, and they may end up being given medications that are unnecessary while the actual condition gets worse. They may want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney to see what recourse might be available to them.

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