Why to get tested?
To screen for excess protein in the urine, to help evaluate and monitor kidney function, and to detect kidney damage
When to get tested?
As part of a routine physical, as a follow-up to a previous positive urine protein test, or when you have a disorder or disease that affects the kidney
What sample needed?
A single urine sample collected at any time (random) or 24-hour urine sample; occasionally, a split 24-hour sample, with the night collection (11pm to 7am) separated from the day collection (7am to 11pm). Often, a blood sample may also be taken to measure your creatinine and serum protein levels, especially when a 24-hour urine has been ordered.
What preparation I need before test?