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URINARY SPOT CREATININE

About the test
What is this test done for?
The spot urine cratinine is a test which measures the amount of creatinine in urine.
Why is it Done?
Creatinine is a chemical waste product that is normally filtered out of the blood by the kidneys. The urine spot test helps in assessing the functioning of kidneys.
When should it be performed?

This test is performed when the following signs, symptoms, and conditions are seen:

  • Fatigue
  • Lack of concentration
  • Poor appetite
  • Decrease in the amount of the urine
  • Urine is foamy, frothy or coffee colored
  • Burning urine, abnormal discharge in urination
  • Pain in the back
  • Hypertension
  • To assess functioning of the kidney
How is it done
An early morning urine sample will be needed. Discard the first urine and collect sample from middle stream, avoiding any contact with the skin. Collect urine in a sterile container.
Results

Normal urine creatinine value ranges from 500 to 2000 mg/day.

When the results are not in the normal range it could mean the following:

  • Kidney disorder
  • Infections related to kidneys
  • Kidney failure
  • Urinary obstruction due to kidney stones
  • Muscular dystrophy late stages
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Dietary intake of more meat or proteins.
Other Tests
Serum creatinine and other kidney function tests are needed for a conclusive diagnosis. 24-hour creatinine clearance test is generally performed.
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