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Have you or your child ever had a microalbumin test?

 
     

Yes, and the results indicated kidney problems

 
 

3%

 

25

 
     

Yes, and the results indicated no kidney problems

 
 

24%

 

174

 
     

I haven't had this test

 
 

19%

 

133

 
     

I don't know what a microalbumin test is

 
 

52%

 

368

 
 

Have you or your child ever had a microalbumin test?

Poll dates: June 17 - 24, 2001
Total Votes: 700

It's disappointing that 52% of responders say they don't know what a microalbumin test is. Perhaps, many who answered this way didn't know the name of the test, but knew that they did have a test done to see if any kidney damage is occurring. This procedure is called a microalbumin test.

According to ADA and ISPAD guidelines, any person who has had diabetes for more than 5 years or who is past puberty should have a microalbumin test to screen for nephropathy on an annual basis. Initial screening may be in the form of a simple urine dipstick preferably performed on a first morning void. If positive, a timed 12 or 24 hour collection needs to be done for quantitative analysis.

A positive "screen" is not always indicative of kidney disease. Vaginal secretion in women, urinary tract infections and heavy exercise within 24-48 hours prior to sample collection can all yield false positives.

Screening for nephropathy is extremely important. Early detection of quantified microalbumin excretion exceed the range of normal in that lab (depending on the type of test done, the normal range will vary), along with initiation of ACE inhibitor therapy, can prevent or slow the occurrence of diabetic nephropathy.

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