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Urinary Sediment in the Interpretation of Proteinuria

Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(2):254-255. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-98-2-254
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Testing for proteinuria is a routine part of a complete medical examination and is done during hospital admissions, insurance medical examinations, school health assessments, and as a prerequisite for employment in many occupations. Few, if any, tests are done so frequently and on such a large number of asymptomatic persons. Given the prevalence of asymptomatic proteinuria, which has been estimated between 0.4% and 14.8% in different series (1-3), it is not surprising that abnormal urinalysis findings are a common and worrisome problem for primary care physicians. The evaluation of such patients requires a balanced approach that will avoid the risks


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