High BUN Level

Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) is a blood marker for kidney conditions. It can become elevated if the kidneys arent functioning properly. Together with the creatinine level, the numbers can provide clues to the condition of the kidney dysfunctio

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BUN 26: What does it mean?

2014-05-26 03:36

BUN 26: What does it mean?Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) is a blood marker for kidney conditions. It can become elevated if the kidneys aren't functioning properly. Together with the creatinine level, the numbers can provide clues to the condition of the kidney dysfunction. Well then, if someone’s BUN level is 26, what does it mean?

What is the normal range of blood urea nitrogen?

In general, the normal BUN level for healthy individuals is 7-20 mg/dL (2.5 to 7.1 mmol/L) in adults, and 5-18 mg/dL in children. But normal ranges may vary, depending on the reference range used by the lab, and your age. Infants have lower levels than other people do. You can ask our online doctors to explain your results.

What causes BUN 26?

The BUN level of 26 is much higher than the normal range. The main causes of an increase in BUN are: high protein diet, decrease in Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) which implies kidney damage, low blood volume (hypovolemia), congestive heart failure, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, fever and increased catabolism.

What does BUN 26 mean?

Blood urea nitrogen is a by-product of protein metabolism. When protein is broken down in the liver, urea is made and passed on through the body in the form of urine. If there is urea nitrogen in the blood, it means that the kidney is not moving the waste out of the body in the correct manner. However, according to the causes of high blood urea nitrogen level, BUN 26 may be caused by some other things except kidney disease, for instance:

- Medicines: For example, corticosteroids or antibiotics may cause a false high value or masking normal results

- High protein diets

- Gastrointestinal bleeding

- Addison's disease in the patient

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