Diagnosis of IgAN
The following are methods of diagnosing IgAN:
- Blood Test- Blood tests can indicate signs of kidney failure if creatinine levels are high in the blood.
- Kidney Biopsy- A doctor may take some sample tissue from the kidney to be sent to a lab for tests. This usually determines whether the patient has IgAN
- Urine Analysis- A doctor may take urine samples. A urine test is used for early diagnosis of IgAN or other kidney related diseases. The red flag for such diseases include protein or blood in the urine.
Blood and urine analysis may indicate or provide suspicions of IgAN but the true indicator is kidney biopsy. In this test a pathologist will insert a needle in the patient’s kidney and extract a small tissue for lab analysis. The sample tissue will indicate if the patient has IgAN or any other kidney disease. This is a holy grail test with proven results.Blood tests can indicate signs of kidney failure if creatinine levels are high in the blood.