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Is protein in a persons urine a serious condition?

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    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.

  • 1 decade ago

    People do not normally leak protein in their urine.

    Abnormal results may mean an increase in urine protein, and this may indicate:


    Bacterial pyelonephritis

    Bladder tumor

    Congestive heart failure (inadequately perfusing the kidneys)

    Diabetic nephropathy


    Goodpasture's syndrome

    Heavy metal poisoning

    Lupus erythematosus

    Malignant hypertension

    Multiple myeloma

    Nephrotic syndrome

    Nephrotoxic drug therapy

    Polycystic kidney disease


    Additional conditions under

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  • Lola
    Lv 6
    1 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
  • 1 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

  • 1 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.

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