Total Protein, Urine

Urinalysis

A healthy result should fall into the range 0 - 20 mg/dL.

What is the Urine Protein test?

Urine protein tests detect and/or measure protein being released into the urine.

What are normal levels?

For a random urine sample, normal values are 0 to 20 mg/dL.

For a 24-hour urine collection, the normal value is less than 80 mg per 24 hours.

What are plasma proteins?

Plasma proteins are essential for all living beings. The kidneys, two organs found in the back at the bottom of the rib cage, recapture these proteins by filtering the blood by removing wastes and eliminating them from the body in the urine. When the kidneys are functioning normally, they retain or reabsorb the filtered proteins and return them to the blood.

What happens if kidneys are damaged?

If the kidneys are damaged or compromised due to other conditions, they become less effective at filtering, causing detectable amounts of protein to spill over into the urine. Routine dipstick testing of urine measures the presence of albumin. Albumin, a protein produced by the liver, makes up about 50%-60% of the protein in the blood. The rest is a mixture of globulins, including immunoglobulins. As kidney damage progresses, the amount of albumin in the urine increases, a key factor in the early detection of a potential kidney disorder.

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