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Kidney Diseases

Kidney Drip

05/27/2009

Question:

I seem to have a slight kidney-drip. Urine test: Micro-alb = 858.0 mg/l and Micro-albumine/kr = 24.1. What does this mean?

Answer:

Are you diabetic?  The microalbumin/creatinine ratio (the one that is 24.1) is generally used to detect very early signs of kidney damage (protein leakage) in diabetics.  However, in most labs, the normal value is less than 30.  Check with your doctor (or look on the lab report sheet) to determine whether your value is actually abnormal. If it is, you should discuss this with your doctor, who may want to refer you to a nephrologist (kidney specialist) for further advice and treatment.

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Response by:

Mildred   Lam, MD Mildred Lam, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University