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Urine Protein

24 hour container, urine monovette or white topped universal (no additives)

TestUrine Protein
Common AbbreviationsUPRO
Tube type24 hour container, urine monovette or white topped universal (no additives)
Clinical Indication 24h urine not normally required for assessment of proteinuria. Please see NICE GC 182 (CKD) or NICE QS 35 (Hypertension in pregnancy), as appropriate.
Specimen TypeUrine
Sample typeRandom or 24 Hour Urine
Minimum Volume1mL
Special PrecautionsNo special requirements
Stability48 hours at 4°C
Turnaround TimeInpatient: 6 hours Outpatient/ GP: 24 hours
LaboratoryYork and Scarborough
Reference Interval None applied
LimitationsDo not measure within 24hrs of administration of Fluoroscein. Homogentisic Acid (Alkaptonuria) may lead to false results. Levodopa / Methyldopa and Calcium dobesilate may lead to falsely low result, Cefoxitin may cause artefactually high results. Analysis of urine samples containing immunoglobulin light chains (i.e. Bence-Jones Protein) may result in the underestimation of protein.
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