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Microalbumin/creatinine ratio

06/23/2008

Question:

My result of the microalbumin/creatinine was 3 UG/MG and the letter states that normal is N: <30. I am not sure if my result is within the normal range.

Answer:

The arrowhead between the N and the 30 indicates that normal is less than 30 - the result does indeed appear to fit within that range so that it appears normal.  For some tests, they will give a "normal range" which would be a range between two different numbers, meaning that there is some problem if the number is either too low or too high.  In the case of urine albumin/creatinine (or microalbumin), there is only an upper limit of normal, not a lower limit.

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Response by:

Robert M Cohen, MD Robert M Cohen, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati