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Kidney Diseases

Protein in Urine

04/28/2010

Question:

The doctor says the protein level in my urine is over 3000. What can be done about this?

Answer:

Any protein spill in urine of more than 150-250 mg per day is abnormal. Indeed protein spill of 3000 mg is very significant and shows some damage to kidney due to some type of underlying disease. This could be diabetes, multiple myeloma, even uncontrolled hypertension to name a few. Sometimes kidney biopsy is needed to know the exact cause for this protein spill. Treatment of proteinuria depends on the etiology. You need to consult with a kidney doctors and discuss various options for getting diagnosis and treatment. Thanks.

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Response by:

Ganesh  Shidham, MD Ganesh Shidham, MD
Associate Professor of Nephrology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University