The complete urinalysis is a critical component of the minimum database. Dr. DeNicola will discuss why it’s important to understand and accurately perform a urine sediment analysis. In part 2 of this 3-part series on urine microscopy, you will learn about the identification of squamous epithelial cells, nonsquamous epithelial cells, hyaline casts, and nonhyaline casts; the clinical significance of each to the patient; and the possible next steps to arriving at a diagnosis.

Discussion Topics:

  • Identify squamous and nonsquamous epithelial cells and hyaline and nonhyaline casts.
  • Understand the clinical significance of the absence or presence of these formed elements.
  • Know what potential follow-up testing may be needed to arrive at the final diagnosis.
  • Understand what to do and how often to do it to successfully monitor treatment plans and disease progression.