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Large Disparities in Kidney Testing Based on Disease, Gender and State, Quest Diagnostics Health Trends(TM) Report Finds
Date:3/12/2008

t for microalbuminuria, a condition characterized by the excretion of albumin in urine. The report shows that while microalbumin testing for CKD in patients with diabetes and/or hypertension was low overall (32.7 percent), rates for those with hypertension were significantly lower (22.3 percent) than in patients with diabetes (43.1 percent). These findings, based on diagnostic tests performed for more than 5 million patients in the Quest Diagnostics database, were released by Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX) to coincide with World Kidney Day on March 13. Results of this analysis will be presented at the National Kidney Foundation 2008 Spring Clinical Meeting, April 2-6, 2008, in Dallas, Texas.

"More aggressive monitoring in the early stages of kidney disease allows more time for evaluation and intervention. We need to work together to promote implementation of early detection and treatment of chronic kidney disease," said Joseph A. Vassalotti, M.D., chief medical officer, National Kidney Foundation. "The burden of type 2 diabetes and hypertension is expected to grow as the Baby Boomers age and as the obesity epidemic continues. The increase in diabetes and hypertension, the major risk factors for chronic kidney disease, will also drive up the rates of chronic kidney disease unless there are major improvements in diabetes and hypertension management."

The Quest Diagnostics report is based on findings from 6.2 million eGFR (estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate) calculations and microalbumin test results, two key indicators physicians use to diagnose and stage CKD, performed by Quest Diagnostics between November 2005 and October 2006 on 5.2 million patients who saw a healthcare professional. Among patients who had an eGFR tes
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