Urine Albumin, Quantitative Random

Sunquest Code:UMALBR  
Epic Code:LAB3838Epic Name:Albumin Random Urine Quantitative
Synonyms:UMALBR; Microalbumin
Test Includes:Urine albumin and creatinine.
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.
Special Instructions:NKDEP/IFCC consensus guidelines (2009) state: Use of the term "Urine Albumin" is recommended; "Microalbumin" is discouraged
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Urine Collection Procedure

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Urine, random collection
Optimal Volume:Submit entire collection, analysis requires 0.6 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Collection Instructions:Acceptable urine samples: Second morning urine, first morning urine with simultaneous albumin and creatinine. Frozen urine is not recommended.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Mix collection well before aliquot is taken. Aliquot 1 mL, 0.6 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics, Fairview Range - FRMC, UMMC-West Bank, UMMC-East Bank, Oxboro Bloom, Fairview Lakes - FLMC, Fairview Northland - FNMC, M Health Clinic and Surgery Center)


Reference Range:

0-17 y

0-25 mg/g creatinine

18 y and older, Female

0-25 mg/g creatinine

18 y and older, Male

0-17 mg/g creatinine



Use:Early predictor of clinical diabetic nephropathy. Kidney changes include a rise in urinary albumin secretion detectable only by sensitive assays. At this stage, Albustix is negative and renal function is normal by standard assays.

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