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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






Total votes: 335


Have you or your child ever had a microalbumin test?

Poll dates: August 28 - September 4, 2005
Total Votes: 335

It's disappointing that 33% of responders say they don't know what a microalbumin test is, but that is an improvement from the 41% two years ago. 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 secretions 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 several years:

Response     Aug 2005     Jul 2003     Jun 2002     June 2002     June 2001  
Yes, indicating problems 8% 6% 7% 3% 6%
Yes, no problems 40% 31% 27% 24% 23%
No, haven't had test 17% 19% 22% 19% 22%
Don't know what the test is 33% 41% 43% 52% 48%

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Last Updated: Sunday September 04, 2005 14:56:42
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