Albumin (Microalbumin)/Creatinine Ratio, Random Urine

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Turnaround Time: Within 1 day
CPT Code:

82043; 82570

Test Type: 10 mL Urine (random)
Stability Time:



Room temperature

7 days


14 days


14 days

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x3

Reference Range:

• Normal: 0−29 mg/g creatinine

• Moderately increased: 30−300 mg/g creatinine

• Severely increased: >300 mg/g creatinine


Measurement of albumin levels in urine below the detection level of urine dipsticks. This test is useful in the management of patients with relatively early diabetes mellitus to assist in avoiding or delaying the onset of diabetic renal disease. Because of the inherent day-to-day variability of albumin excretion into the urine, two of three albumin levels measured within a three-month to six-month period should be abnormal before considering a patient to have crossed a diagnostic threshold.1 Physical exercise during the previous 24 hours can cause a transient elevation in albumin. Other variables, including infection, fever, congestive heart failure, marked hyperglycemia, and marked hypertension, can result in increased albumin levels. Albumin accounts for approximately 50% of the protein in plasma.2 The kidney works to prevent the loss of albumin into the urine through active resorption, but a small amount of albumin can be measured in urine of individuals with normal renal function. The prognostic value of consistently elevated albumin levels is particularly well established in diabetic patients.1 Renal disease is a common microvascular complication of diabetes. Without specific interventions, 80% of type I diabetics with repeatedly elevated albumin levels will go on to end-stage renal disease. Twenty percent to 40% of type II diabetics with sustained albuminuria will progress to overt nephropathy. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that routine urinalysis be performed annually on adults with diabetes.1 If the urinalysis is negative for protein, albumin measurement is recommended. The ADA also recommends annual screening of children beginning at puberty or after five years of disease duration. The reference intervals stated above reflect the diagnostic criteria prescribed by the ADA.1

1. American Diabetes Association. Position Statement: Diabetic Nephropathy. Diabetes Care. 1997; 20(50):S24-S27.

2. Sacks DB. Carbohydrates. In: Burtis CA, Ashwood ER, eds. Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: WB Saunders Co; 1999: 750-808.

Metcalf P, Baker J, Scott A, Wild C, Scragg R, Dryson E. Albuminuria in people at least 40 years old: Effect of obesity, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. Clin Chem. 1992 Sep; 38(9):1802-1808. PubMed 1526018

Collection Details:

Collection Instructions:

Plastic urine container.

Collect random urine without preservatives. pH must be 4 to 8.

Room temperature.