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Urinalysis is a common lab test that requires a sample of your urine. A urinalysis often is part of a routine medical exam.

Why is a urinalysis done?

A urinalysis test can provide valuable information about your health and help screen for diseases such as diabetes, gout, urinary tract infection or kidney stones.

How is the urine tested?

A urine sample is usually collected in your health care provider’s office. Your provider will give you instructions and a container. The sample is then sent to a lab for analysis.

What do I need to do before the test?

Normally, you don’t need to do anything special before a urinalysis.  You can eat and drink as usual before the test. In some cases your health care provider may want you to collect the urine in mid-stream or, collect the first urine of the day at home.

What do I need to know about my urinalysis results?

Your health care provider will discuss your results with you. Other tests may be ordered before a definitive diagnosis is given.

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