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A 68 year old man sees you after you sent him a letter saying that the results of blood tests done over the past year to monitor hypertension show that he has chronic kidney disease (CKD). He is worried, as he thought that high blood pressure was his only medical problem.
This is part of a series of occasional articles on common problems in primary care
PKM planned and wrote the main draft and oversaw submission. MSE is the guarantor. MSE and PRWT helped revise the manuscript.
The BMJ welcomes contributions from general practitioners to the series.
From the archive: For more about estimation of glomerular filtration rate see Giles PD, FitzmauriceDA. Formula estimation of glomerular filtration rate: have we gone wrong? BMJ 2007;334:1198-200 (doi: 10.1136/bmj.39226.400694.80).