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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 to prepare for the test

For detailed information about how to prepare for the test, how the test will feel, risks with the test, and normal and abnormal values, please see the test your health care provider ordered:

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.

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    Review Date: 8/8/2009

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