A urinalysis is a test of your urine. A urinalysis is used to detect and manage a wide range of disorders, such as urinary tract infections (aka UTI), kidney disease and diabetes.
A urinalysis involves checking the appearance, concentration and content of urine. Abnormal urinalysis results may point to a disease or illness.
For example, a urinary tract infection can make urine look cloudy instead of clear. Increased levels of protein in urine can be a sign of kidney disease. Unusual urinalysis results often require more testing to uncover the source of the problem.
Why a urinalysis is performed:
- To check your overall health. Your doctor may recommend a urinalysis as part of a routine medical exam, pregnancy checkup, pre-surgery preparation, or on hospital admission to screen for a variety of disorders, such as diabetes, kidney disease and liver disease.
- To diagnose a medical condition. Your doctor may suggest a urinalysis if you're experiencing abdominal pain, back pain, frequent or painful urination, blood in your urine, or other urinary problems. A urinalysis may help diagnose the cause of these symptoms.
- To monitor a medical condition. If you've been diagnosed with a medical condition, such as kidney disease or a urinary tract disease, your doctor may recommend a urinalysis on a regular basis to monitor your condition and treatment.
Arsenic (Inorganic), UrineOptimal range: 0 - 19 ug/L
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Cadmium, UrineOptimal range: 0 - 1 ug/L
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Chloride, UrineOptimal range: 110 - 250 mmol/24 hr
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Hyaline CastOptimal range: 0 - 1.9 casts/lpf
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Ketones, UrineOptimal range: 0 - 0.001 Units
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Lead, UrineOptimal range: 0 - 49 ug/L
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Mercury, UrineOptimal range: 0 - 19 ug/L
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PorphyrinsOptimal range: 50 - 300 mg
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Red Blood Cells (RBC), UrineOptimal range: 0 - 2 /hpf
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Urine Occult BloodOptimal range: 0 - 0.001 mg/d
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Urine pHOptimal range: 5 - 8 pH
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Urine Specific GravityOptimal range: 1.001 - 1.035 SG
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