The complete urinalysis
"A complete urinalysis (UA) helps detect and assess a wide variety of diseases as well as provide insight into the overall health status of your patients."
A complete urinalysis consists of three parts: the physical examination, the chemical examination, and the microscopic examination. In particular, the urinalysis assesses the urine specific gravity, the presence of chemicals like protein or glucose that should not be there, as well as a variety of formed elements that are not discernable by the human eye. It continues to be a fundamental part of any clinical workup and part of the overall minimum diagnostic database. When added to your patient's blood work, the complete urinalysis provides a broad and powerful overview of your patient's health. Without this full assessment, important and relatively common diseases of the kidney, liver, pancreas, and urinary tract can go undetected and untreated. Urinalysis provides insights into:
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Hydration status
- Many more
Whether your patient is coming in for a wellness examination or sick-patient visit, a full workup including a blood screen and complete urinalysis is highly recommended. As a stand-alone test, a UA is very efficient in monitoring efficacy of treatment plans and quickly identifying side effects from some medications as well as providing overall information about the progression or regression of disease.