Understanding Protein/Creatinine Ratio
What is Protein/Creatinine Ratio?
The Protein/Creatinine Ratio test is performed to screen for excessive proteins excreted in the urine to monitor kidney function. Creatinine protein is a byproduct of muscle metabolism and is normally released into the urine at a constant rate.
The Protein/Creatinine ratio test is done to monitor kidney functioning, to check for damage in case of the condition affecting the kidney, and efficacy of treatment on already affected kidneys.
Proteinuria in the urine helps identification of early kidney damage which is almost always asymptomatic. Persistent and/or an increased amount of protein in the urine may indicate kidney damage or disease.
The goal of this test is to detect kidney disease and damage early to minimize the damage and prolong kidney function.
What is Protein/Creatinine Ratio used for?
The Protein/Creatinine Ratio is done:
To monitor kidney functioning as a part of a routine checkup or as part of a follow-up to a previous positive urine protein test
To check for damage when the patient is suffering from a condition that affects the kidneys
To see if a kidney function is responding to the suggested treatment
If you have symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI)
Interpreting Protein/Creatinine Ratio results
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Reference range may vary from lab to lab*