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A 21-year-old female asked:

My male friend has blood in his urine, but no pain associated with it. he was diagnosed with a uti, but the test revealved a high protien count, ideas?

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Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
UTI: If he is otherwise healthy it could all represent a simple bladder infection. However, UTI in a young male is not nearly as common as in women, so it might require further work-up by his physician. Protein or blood in the urinalysis is not unusual in the presence of a uti. He should have his urinalysis repeated after completion of antibiotics to ensure the protein and blood have resolved.
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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 50 years experience
Proteinuria: You should have him go to a nephrologist. Proteinuria (p) is not a normal finding. He needs a 24 hour urine collection for creatinine clearance and protein to see what his kidney function is and how much p he has. If the blood work does not give answer to the cause of his p, and he has more than 1 gram of p/day, he may need a renal biopsy to arrive at a diagnosis and a prognosis of his p.
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