An albumin urine test checks urine for a protein called
albumin. This protein is normally found in the blood. When the kidneys are damaged,
small amounts of albumin leak into the urine. This is called albuminuria. If the amount of albumin is very small, but still abnormal, it is called microalbuminuria.
might give a urine sample for your doctor during a visit. Your doctor might
also ask you for a one-time sample at home or over a specific period of
time, such as over 4 hours or 24 hours. Your doctor will tell you what to do.
This test is done to check for albumin in the urine. It helps tell
your doctor how well your kidneys are working. This test is done most often to
check the kidneys in people with diabetes. Other conditions also cause
albuminuria. These conditions include high blood pressure, heart failure,
The sooner your doctor knows you have kidney damage, the more
your doctor can do to protect your kidneys.
You collect your urine
for a period of time, such as over 4 or 24 hours.
Watch closely for
changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a
list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have
your test results.
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Current as of:
April 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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