A 46-year-old female asked:
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urinalysis 3 weeks ago nml had a white stringy thing looks like thin piece of wet toilet paper in urine 2x is that bad & from urine? gfr 4 months ago 97

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Dr. Binny Koshy
24 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Likely nothing : May need to repeat ua if persists. Likely cells present.
Answered on Aug 29, 2013
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Dr. Tarek Naguib
40 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Mucus!: If so, no worries. As long as you have no urinary symptoms (burning, frequency, and foul smelling urine) and urinalysis is normal, you should not worry. You are correct, source may or may not be urine, though. The ANA with mostly normal complement levels has no significance in and of itself. You can't have lupus based on it without other lupus criteria like rash, arthritis, abnormal urine or blood.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Tarek Naguib
40 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
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Once low complement may mean some lupus activity at the time, but not afterwards.
Jun 3, 2013

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