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Is protein in a persons urine a serious condition?
- mr.answermanLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
First don't freak out by reading all the alarming posts here. Proteins are not normally passed by kidneys, but sometimes it can be explained. For example in pregnancy, or a fever, or even after vigorous exercise proteins can be found in urine. If you are consistently losing proteins then you should be evaluated. Sometimes it just happens with no found abnormality.
- 1 decade ago
jb is right - it depends on the protein. I have had protein in my urine since I was a kid, but It is not any kind that is indicative of a problem.
Everyone has protein in their urine. Some people have higher levels due to diet (which is my case). My question would be, why are you asking? Have you or someone you know recently been told there is protein in (your) urine? I ask because I imagine a doctor would have given this information, and if the doctor wasn't concerned you shouldn't be either. The doctor would have mentioned if something was wrong or tests needed to be done.
- 1 decade ago
The problem with protein is that it's a larger molecule than the kidney is used to filtering out. The protein rips the filters in the kidney and makes it easier for other large molecules to pass through that need to be reabsorbed. The problem would be with the size of the protein (some are larger than others). Proteinuria is a condition that needs to be monitored as it can lead to kidney failure, no matter what kind of protein it is.
- dragonkissesLv 51 decade ago
People do not normally leak protein in their urine.
Abnormal results may mean an increase in urine protein, and this may indicate:
Congestive heart failure (inadequately perfusing the kidneys)
Heavy metal poisoning
Nephrotoxic drug therapy
Polycystic kidney disease
Additional conditions under
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- LolaLv 61 decade ago
In order to have protein in the urine you have to have problems with your kidneys. That usually comes from unchecked high blood pressure or diabetes. Yes it is serious, you need to see your doctor ASAP before any further damage is done to your kidneys and you end up on dialysis.Source(s): Nurse
- CrazyChickLv 71 decade ago
It's a symptom of a serious condition most of the time.
Among other things, it's a common symptom of people who are having some sort of kidney failure, which can be caused by several different things.
Talk to your doctor.
- 1 decade ago
it depends on the protein, cause there is protein in everyone's urine most of the time
- vamedic4Lv 51 decade ago
It can be. It is indicative of kidney failure in some cases. Get to a doctor and they'll order further tests like a serum BUN and creatinine level. THe doc will make sure.