It’s Sedimentary—Part 2: Epithelial Cells and a Cast of Thousands
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.
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.