Good evening, Sir. May I know what is meant by protein 1+? Is that a serious condition for the kidney? Thank you, Sir.

A color dipstick is often used to screen for protein in the urine and a 1+ test is the lowest level of protein in the urine.  I recommend that you have a second test where they measure the amount of protein in the urine with a chemical test to yield the milligrams of protein per milligram of creatinine (the protein to creatinine ratio).  This is a better test and then also have blood testing for creatinine in order to determine your estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).  Once these results are available, you can discuss the results with your physician.

 

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