Microalbumin/Creatinine Ratio

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Overview Brief

Microalbumin creatinine ratio is a urine test which compares the amount of albumin ( a blood protein) to the amount of creatinine present in the urine.

What is microalbumin-creatinine ratio test?

Microalbumin creatinine ratio is used to detect early signs of kidney damage.

Creatinine is a waste chemical in the product. It is released at a steady rate which is why the microalbumin-creatinine ratio test helps in measuring the level of albumin more accurately.

In microalbumin creatinine ratio test, creatinine is measured in milligrams whereas albumin is measured in micrograms.

Why is microalbumin creatinine ratio test suggested?

Your healthcare provider might suggest you microalbumin creatinine ratio test if you have diabetes and high blood pressure.

  • People who have type 2 diabetes should get tested annually
  • People who have type 1 diabetes should get it tested annually after 5 years of diagnosis.

How is microalbumin creatinine ratio test performed?

You’ll be asked to provide either a random urine sample or a 24-hour urine sample. The sample will be combined with creatinine.

What are the parameters measured in microalbumin creatinine ratio test?

Microalbumin creatinine ratio test is performed to examine the small amounts of albumin present in your urine by calculating ACR ratio.

Preparation before performing microalbumin creatinine ratio test

No special preparation is necessary for microalbumin creatinine ratio test.

Post-care after microalbumin creatinine ratio test

You can return to your usual activities after the test.

Sample types in microalbumin creatinine ratio test

You’ll be asked to urinate in a sterile cup and the urine sample will be combined with creatinine and it will be sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Side effects/risks of microalbumin creatinine test

The microalbumin creatinine ratio test has no risks.

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