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Proteinuria Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Proteinuria. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. When was the proteinuria (excessive protein excreted in urine) discovered?
  2. Is the patient a child and has suffered a Streptococcal infection

    Why: ( e.g. tonsillitis, pharyngitis, middle ear infection or cellulitis) 1-3 weeks before the onset of the proteinuria? - suggests post streptococcal glomerulonephritis. Hemolytic uremic syndrome is a disorder of infancy and childhood that follows a febrile illness, particularly gastroenteritis or an upper respiratory tract infection.

  3. Are you pregnant?

    Why: may suggest pregnancy induced hypertension, pre-eclampsia or eclampsia. Any person with systemic lupus erythematosus who gets pregnant is at risk of rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis.

  4. Have you had an injury such as a blow to the loin?

    Why: Trauma to the kidneys may cause proteinuria.

  5. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. diabetes, amyloidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, multiple myeloma, congestive cardiac failure, high blood pressure.

  6. Medications?

    Why: Many drugs can cause proteinuria including penicillamine and gold.

  7. Allergies?

    Why: may suggest minimal change disease of the kidneys. Reactions to many allergens such as poison ivy, pollens, bee stings and cows milk may be associated with nephrotic syndrome.

  8. Family history?

    Why: e.g. history of renal disease or allergy may suggest minimal change disease of the kidneys; diabetes mellitus; high blood pressure.

  9. Travel history?

    Why: may assess risk of yellow fever, typhoid fever.

  10. Fever?

    Why: Temperature may suggest urinary tract infection or lupus erythematosus. A fever itself may also cause proteinuria.

  11. Butterfly shaped facial rash?

    Why: suggests systemic lupus erythematosus.

  12. Coughing up blood?

    Why: if associated with protein in the urine may suggest Goodpastures syndrome.

  13. Abdominal pain?

    Why: may suggest renal stones, kidney contusion (bruising from trauma), kidney laceration, glomerulonephritis, renal cancer or polycystic kidneys.

  14. Symptoms of nephrotic syndrome?

    Why: e.g. swelling of the ankles and legs, swelling of the abdomen, face and arms may also be present (especially in children). Swelling of the genitals is sometimes seen.

  15. Symptoms of Diabetes mellitus?

    Why: e.g. frequency of urination, excessive thirst, weight loss (especially in Type 1 Diabetes mellitus), tiredness, fatigue, increased infections especially of the skin and genitals, blurry vision.

  16. Symptoms of lupus erythematosus?

    Why: e.g fever, malaise, tiredness, Raynaud's syndrome, butterfly shaped facial rash. Systemic lupus erythematosus may be complicated by protein in the urine.

  17. Symptoms of urinary tract infection?

    Why: e.g. pain and burning with urination, urinary frequency, blood in urine in severe cases, offensive smell to urine.

  18. Symptoms of chronic renal failure?

    Why: The early stages of renal failure are often completely without symptoms. Later symptoms may include tiredness, loss of appetite, insomnia, frequency of urination, itch, nausea, vomiting and restless legs.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Proteinuria:

The following list of conditions have 'Proteinuria' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Proteinuria:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Proteinuria' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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