Creatinine - urine
Alternate Names : Urine creatinine test
Creatinine is a breakdown product of creatine, which is an important part of muscle. Creatinine is removed from the body entirely by the kidneys. This article discusses the test done to measure the amount of creatinine in your urine.
A blood test can also be used to determine your creatinine level. See: Serum creatinine
Why is the Test Performed?
This test can be used as a screening test to evaluate kidney function. It may also be used as part of the creatinine clearance test. It is often used to provide information on other chemicals in the urine such as albumin or protein.
How is the Test Performed?
A random urine sample or a 24-hour collection may used. For information on how to collect a 24-hour urine sample, see: 24-hour urine collection.
How to Prepare for the Test?
Your health care provider may tell you to temporarily stop taking certain medicines that may interfere with test results. Such medicines include:
- Cephalosporins (cefoxitin)
How will the Test Feel?
The test involves only normal urination, and there is no discomfort.
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