Urine Total Protein Test

This test measures the amount of protein in a twenty-four hour urine sample.




This test measures the amount of protein in a twenty-four hour urine sample.



A total urine protein is a test that measures the amount of protein in a twenty-four hour urine sample.

  • Measuring the amount of protein in a twenty-four hour urine sample can help determine if you have kidney problems.
  • Other blood, urine and imaging tests may also used to assess kidney function.

Your healthcare provider may order a twenty-four hour urine protein test to:

  • Screen for, diagnose, evaluate and monitor kidney disease
  • Screen for several other conditions that can cause protein to be found in the urine (proteinuria).

For a 24-hour urine collection, you will start collecting your urine first thing in the morning. After discarding your first morning void (pee), you will put all of your urine in a container for the next twenty-four hours.

  • You must refrigerate the container that is holding the urine. You do not need to put any chemicals in the container.
  • You must save ALL of your urine in order for the test to be accurate.
  • Some medications can affect the color of your urine and the test results.
  • Your healthcare provider will tell you if you need to stop taking any medications before the test.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is the reason for the test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Urine Total Protein Test
Laboratory Work
Protein in Urine Test
Protein in Urine
Kidney Infection
Kidney Failure
Kidney Disease
Kidney Damage
Urine Protein Test


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