Days Set Up
Daily, 24 hours
Analytic Time

8 hours

MiChart Code
Macroscopic Urinalysis
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Albumin, Micro
Microalbumin/Creatinine Ratio
Urinary Albumin Excretion Rate
Albumin, Micro
Microalbumin/Creatinine Ratio
Urinary Albumin Excretion Rate

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

PEG Enhanced Immunoturbidometric

Test Usage

Detection of diabetics (and others) at risk for renal failure. Monitoring effectiveness of blood pressure control, glucose control, and/or protein restriction, etc., particularly in early diabetes, in preventing progression to overt proteinuria.

Reference Range

Urine Microalbumin: 0 - 21 mcg/ml; Urine Microalbumin/Creatinine Ratio: 0 - 30 mg UMA/gm Creatinine. The American Diabetes Association recommends the following ranges as guidelines for the interpretation of the Microalbumin/Creatinine ratio: <30 mg/gm Normal; 30 - 299 mg/gm Microalbuminuria; >=300 mg/gm Clinical Albuminuria.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Onsite

Urine, preservative free. Patient should not excerise prior to collection. Collect first AM void or 24 hour urine collection, preservative free. Specimen should be free of blood or semen. Random urine is also acceptable.

Collection Offsite

Collect first AM void or 24 hour urine specimen with no preservative; random urine is also acceptable. Aliquot a minimum of 1 mL into a screw-cap urine container and refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze for longer storage. Patient should not exercise prior to collection. Specimen should be free of blood or semen. Record appropriate collection information, e.g. Random, First AM, etc. on requisition; measure and record total volume of 24 hour collection.

Normal Volume
2 mL aliquot of first AM void or random urine collection or 5 mL aliquot of 24 hour urine collection
Minimum Volume
1 mL aliquot of first AM void or random urine collection or 2 mL aliquot of 24 hour urine collection

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Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.