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Significance of micro-albumin level in urine - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I am wondering about the significance of a total protein level (in the urine) of 101 ml/dL. Microalbumin level is 1.3 ml/dL.
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide these details of the patient-Age: Gender: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Weight and Height: Dependents: Yes/ No.
User :   male; lawyer; caa; 6 feet 2 inches; 185 pounds; married
Doctor :   Are these your investigation reports and when did you get them done
User :   had the labs done about a month ago
Doctor :   Any medical illness that you are suffering from and you haven;t mentioned your age
User :   32 yrs old; no known medical conditions
Doctor :   Was it done as a part of the 24 hour urine Protein study or just random sample
User :   random sample. don't remember whether i was coming off of a cold or not
Doctor :   Was there any particular condition that you have got this done
User :   for life insurance
Doctor :   Do you have any Habits of smoking or drinking or any other
User :   no. have never smoked or drunk alcohol.
Doctor :   Well the Total and the Microalbminuria levels are elevated and hence i was trying to find out the cause
User :   right. according to the lab result sheet, the total is elevated but microalbumin is in the normal range; isn't that unusual?
Doctor :   since you have not been having any symptoms and nor any medical illness i shall ask you to repeat it at a later date and based on the reports
Doctor :   Yes that is why i was trying to find out the cause
Doctor :   if they are in the same range then you shall need further evaluation
Doctor :   for High Blood pressure or renal Functions
User :   ok; i rarely drink enough water during the day; could that cause total protein to elevate?
Doctor :   What is the amount that you consume during the day
User :   maybe three glasses of fluid per day
Doctor :   well that should not have any thing to do with proteins and instead if your renal anatomy is altered or there is significant liver compromise then there are possibilities of you having this condition
User :   so there are conditions where total protein is high but microalbumin is normal?
Doctor :   That is significantly low at least 4 liters during the day is the basic necessity that your Body needs and your kidneys
Doctor :   to send out all the waste products
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Mostly in Chr Alcoholics.
User :   4 liters? that seems like a lot. i guess i need to drink more fluid.
Doctor :   poor diets, diarrhea, fever, infection, liver disease, inadequate iron intake, third-degree burns
Doctor :   would be other causes
Doctor :   yes need to and 4 liters is what is being prescribed by Urologists to maintain the Renal functions perfect
User :   ok; so kidney issues would be less likely with normal microalbumin levels?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   Is there any thing else that I could help you with?
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