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How significant is the finding of protein in the urine in a child? if the child has a complex kidney cyst? repeat sample 1st morning urine showed none

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Not very significant: Children frequently "spill" small amounts of protein in their urine when they are very active during the day from their high metabolism and rapid muscle growth. That's why we then check a first morning urine sample. If there is no protein with the morning urine, nothing to worry about at this time. I check a yearly urine sample on these kids, but otherwise no restrictions or reasons to worry.
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