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Urine test
Urine test


Urine chemistry

Definition:

Urine chemistry refers to a group of tests performed on a urine sample.



Alternative Names:

Chemistry - urine



How the test is performed:

For this test, a clean-catch (midstream) urine sample is needed. For more information, see: Urine collection - clean catch .

Your doctor will order certain tests, which will be done on the urine sample in a laboratory.



How the test will feel:



Why the test is performed:



Normal Values:

Note: Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results.



What abnormal results mean:



What the risks are:



Special considerations:



References:

McPherson RA, Ben-Ezra J, Zhao S. Basic examination of urine. In: McPherson RA, Pincus MR, eds. Henry's Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods. 21st ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2006:chap 27.




Review Date: 8/8/2009
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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