Loss of Protein in Urine

Loss of protein in urine is often detected by simple urinalysis. However, it is usually a symptom of serious kidney disease. If the amount of protein loss in urine is high, the patient may have a foamy urine. There may also be blood in urine.

If there is more than 3-3.5 grams of protein loss by voiding daily, it is called nephrotic syndrome. There are swellings on the hands, feet, face and other parts of the patient that leave trace when pressed. In addition, the level of albumin in the blood drops, cholesterol level increases.

Detailed examination is required in patients found to have protein in urine The diagnosis may require 24 hours of urine collection to determine the amount of protein loss and kidney biopsy. Treatment depends on the disease leading to loss of protein in urine.

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