1. Is the time of day a factor when collecting a urine sample?
Because this is a general screening test, time of collection is usually not important, although a first morning void is usually preferred because it is more concentrated. However, if your doctor is looking for a specific finding, he or she may ask that you collect a sample at a specific time. For example, if the doctor is looking for the excretion of glucose, it may be better to collect a specimen after a meal.
Kits to perform a full urinalysis are not available because the test requires special equipment and technical skills. However, some commercial testing strips can be purchased at a pharmacy to perform part of the chemical examination, such as urine pH, urine glucose, and urine ketones. See the article on Home Tests for more information.
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