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24 hour Urine Protein

Also known as: 24-Hour Urine Protein; Urine Total Protein; Urine Protein to Creatinine Ratio; UPCR
Formal name: Urine Protein
Related tests: Urinalysis; Albumin; Microalbumin; Protein Electrophoresis; Total Protein

 

  • Why should I do it?

To detect excessive protein escaping into the urine, to help evaluate and monitor kidney function, and to detect kidney damage

 

  • When should I do it?

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 Kind of Sample is Needed?

A random or 24-hour urine sample; occasionally, a split 24-hour sample, with the night collection separated from the day collection