Have you or your child ever had a microalbumin test?
Yes, and the results indicated kidney problems
Yes, and the results indicated no kidney problems
I haven't had this test
I don't know what a microalbumin test is
Have you or your child ever had a microalbumin test?Poll dates: July 13 - 20, 2003
Total Votes: 397
It's disappointing that 41% 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.
The following table shows the results of this same poll over the past three years:[Return to the current poll]
Response Jun 2003 Jun 2002 June 2002 June 2001 Yes, indicating problems 6% 7% 3% 6% Yes, no problems 31% 27% 24% 23% No, haven't had test 19% 22% 19% 22% Don't know what the test is 41% 43% 52% 48%
Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 15:37:28
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