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Also known as: Urine Test; Urine Analysis; UA
Formal name: Urinalysis

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To screen for metabolic and kidney disorders and for urinary tract infections (UTIs)

When to Get Tested?

During a routine physical or when you have symptoms of a UTI, such as abdominal pain, back pain, frequent or painful urination; as part of a pregnancy check-up, a hospital admission, or a pre-surgical work-up

Sample Required?

One to two ounces of urine; first morning sample is most valuable.

Test Preparation Needed?