Genetic testing has been proved beneficial for the successful treatment of 10% CKD cases.

Indeed, it is the most advantageous situation when genetic testing has proved to the best aid while finding the right diagnosis for the Nephrology cases.

Nephrology is that branch of medicine which deals with diseases, disorders, and abnormalities related to the kidney and the renal system. Nephrology includes a wide range of medical disciplines, which include:

  • The study of normal kidney function

  • The causes, diagnoses, and prognosis of kidney diseases

  • The treatment  and management of acute or chronic kidney diseases

  • The maintenance and preservation of kidney function

  • Kidney transplantation

Nephrology and genetic testing

Genetic testing Nephrology can help in the diagnosis of symptoms related to renal and kidney problems and can save the lives of many. Genetic testing is a vital part of Nephrology related diseases and their treatment, as genetic tests provide a clear picture about the genetic and hereditary causes of a particular renal or kidney-related disorder and help in the diagnosis and treatment of the disorder. 

Genetic testing for nephrological disorders essential due to the following reasons:

  • It provides information about hereditary factors responsible for nephrological disorders.

  • It helps in precise diagnosis of the disorder.

  • It helps in initiating effective treatment plan for the patient’s recovery.

  • It also helps in deciding the success rate of the treatment for the disorder, by providing a clear picture of the level of severity of the disorder.

  • It also gives information about the immune and healing mechanism of the patient.

  • It provides information about the type of treatment, medicine, the patient will be sensitive or resistant to during the treatment period.

  • It helps in identifying nephrological diseases, which can be conveyed from pregnancy to a newborn baby.

When does a doctor advise genetic testing in Nephrological disorders?

A doctor may ask the patient to go for genetic testing to know facts about the heredity, family history of a particular heart-related problem. He may ask for genetic testing to diagnose the severity of the disease and to find out the risk level of the disorder for other family members. Genetic testing related to renal and kidney disorders also help in the diagnosis and treatment of the disorder and to assess the success rate of the treatment and chances of relapse of the disease in the future. The most common referral reasons for genetic testing in nephrology are:

  • Patients presenting common symptoms of the nephrological disease.

  • People having a family history of diseases related to the renal system and kidneys and related deaths.

  • People are also referred for genetic testing even if they do not have a family history of kidney or renal diseases, but display symptom related to kidney or renal system disease.

  • People with a negative but suspected family history of nephrological diseases. 

  • To find the accurate reason for the medical problem.

  • To find out about the success rate and healing mechanism after a transplant.