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Why are ketone levels in urine tests so high when you don't fast before the test?

Why are ketone levels in urine tests so high when you don't fast before the test?

Not so: Usually skipping a few meals produces mild ketonuria, and non-fasting isn't a problem here. Is there a misunderstanding? High ketone levels have a variety of causes, most importantly diabetic ketoacidosis and aspirin poisoning. ...Read more

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Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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Could panic attacks cause excess levels of catecholamines in urine tests?

Could panic attacks cause excess levels of catecholamines in urine tests?

Temporary, maybe: 24 hour urine tests for catecholamines are checking for epinephrine, norepinephrine, & other compounds that can be produced by catecholamine-secreting tumors called pheochromocytomas. Panic attacks alone might temporarily raise these levels, but not in sustained fashion like one of these tumors can. When present, pheochromocytomas can cause anxiety and panic attacks and raise urine catecholamines. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Rule out infection as a cause with a urinalysis or culture
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Ask your doctor to review your medications, to identify cause
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Rule out kidney stones with your doctor
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If male, schedule a prostate exam
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What STDs show up in urine tests?

What STDs show up in urine tests?

Gonorrhea and Chlamy: Gonorrhea and chlamydia can both be tested from a urine specimen. ...Read more

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Has protein in urine after 2 urine tests in 4 months. Dr won't say what it means. Am on various psych meds. I have no symptons. Should I worry?

Has protein in urine after 2 urine tests in 4 months. Dr won't say what it means. Am on various psych meds. I have no symptons. Should I worry?

Investige: It is abnormal to have protein in the urine; it implies kidney disease which may be related to drugs, infection or something else. It needs investigation ...Read more

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If HIV does not survive in urine, then why do they offer urine tests to find antibodies?

If HIV does not survive in urine, then why do they offer urine tests to find antibodies?

Antibodies: Perhaps it is time to review basic biology. Antibodies are proteins made by the human to try to kill off or fight a foreign bug or virus. Antibodies are not the virus, are not the disease, and cannot cause an infection. Antibody testing is the most common way science has learned to diagnose viral infections. If you cannot accept the generous free medical support here graciously, then perhaps..... ...Read more

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Please answer this question, in a way that is understandable. Are ''protein'' levels in urine tests measured by mg/dl, or protein-creatinine ratio?

Please answer this question, in a way that is understandable. Are ''protein'' levels in urine tests measured by mg/dl, or protein-creatinine ratio?

Both: Urine protein when measured as mg/dl does not take into account the concentration or dilution of urine. A 24 hour urine protein quantity would be the best thing to do. However, urine protein-cratinine ratio corrects for the concentration or dilution of urine and generally obviates the need to collect 24 hour urine. ...Read more

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My sis has high protien in urine tests shown it 8.5 . Her urine also has a strong smell . Some times she got her feet swollen , eyes . What is it?

My sis has high protien in urine tests shown it 8.5 . Her urine also has a strong smell . Some times she got her feet swollen , eyes . What is it?

See doctor: I am assuming that it is 8.5 gms of protein in the urine in 24 hours. You should have her talk to her doc and be seen by kidney doctor. Seems like she has lot of protein in the urine. Is there blood in the urine also ? Check blood for kidney function test. Restrict fluids and salt-also needs more treatment. ...Read more

Urinalysis (Definition)

It is a routine test on urine which tests for concentration of urine with specific gravity, screening for glucose, protein, blood, nitrites which is a screening test for infection.And microscopic exam for white blood cells ...Read more


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