A 32-year-old male asked:
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how serious is protein in urine? i know years ago they found some during urinalysis. i frequently pee and itch often. pcp ordered 24 hr urine collect

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Dr. James Cocco
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Usually nothing: Most people will occasionally have small amounts of protein in a routine urinalysis. A long as the amount is small (1+ or trace) and not persistent, it's probably nothing. If there is a large amount, may indicate something more serious. 24 hour urine will more accurately quantify the amount of protein.
Answered on Jan 17, 2017
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Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Proteinuria : Proteinuria (p) is a serious condition as it is a surrogate for cardiovascular disease. The more p one has the more strokes, heart attacks and renal disease that person has than those without p or with lower amounts of it. The most common cause of p is diabetes. Your 24 hour will give you the amount of p you have/day. Treatment with ace-i and/or arb's is an effective way to reduce BP and p.
Answered on May 1, 2016
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