the routine urinalysis includes chemical testing
for: pH ,protein, glucose, ketones, occult
blood, bilirubin, urobilinogen,
nitrite, leukocyte esterase, and strip test
method for specific gravity
Compound of urine :nitrogen compound of urine :1-urea
2- uric acid
3- creatinine .
Non nitrogen compound of urine :1-vitamins
2-amino acids
7- calcium
Reagent strip consist of chemical-impregnated
absorbent pads attached to the plastic strip. A colorproducing chemical reaction takes place when the
absorbent pad comes in contact with urine.
Reagent strip is the most common in chemical examination of
simple, rapid means for performing 10 medically significant chemical analyses, including
pH, protein, glucose, ketones, blood, bilirubin, urobilinogen, nitrite, specific gravity
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Sources of Error for reagent srtip:
1) Testing cold specimens - would result in a slowing down of reactions; test specimens when
fresh or bring them to RT before testing
2) Inadequate mixing of specimen - could result in false reduced or negative reactions to blood
and leukocyte tests; mix specimens well before dipping
3) Over-dipping of reagent strip - will result in leaching of reagents out of pads; briefly, but
completely dip the reagent strip into the urine
the kidneys are the major regulators of the acid-base content
in the body.
- A healthy individual will usually produce first morning
specimen with a slightly acidic pH of
5.0 to 6.0, the pH of
normal random samples can range from 5.0 to 8.0.
principle of test is based on the double-indicator system of methyl red
A highly acidic urine pH occurs in:
 Acidosis
 Uncontrolled diabetes
 Diarrhea
 Starvation and dehydration
 Respiratory diseases in which carbon dioxide retention occurs and acidosis
o A highly alkaline urine occurs in:
 Urinary tract obstruction
 Pyloric obstruction
 Salicylate intoxication
 Renal tubular acidosis
 Chronic renal failure
 Respiratory diseases that involve hyperventilation (blowing off carbon dioxide and
the development of alkalosis)
Source of error:
A number of preanalytical variables can affect urine pH. Bacterial overgrowth in a
specimen standing at room temperature will often lead to a higher pH due to the
conversion of urea to ammonia. Diets with a high content of vegetables and citrus
fruits may produce an alkaline pH.
As a routine chemical tests performed on
urine the most indicative of renal disease is
the protein determination.
The presence of proteinuria is often
associated with early renal disease.
Normal urine contains very little protein;
usually, less than 10 mg/dl or 150 mg per 24
hours is excreted.
Benign proteinuria is usually transient and can be produced by
conditions such as:
exposure to cold,
strenuous exercise,
high fever, dehydration, and
in the acute phase of sever illnesses.
+ (30 mg/dL)
++ (100 mg/dL)
+++ (300 mg/dL)
++++ (2000 mg/dL)
Principle:proteins are denatured & coagulated on heating to
give white cloud precipitate.
Method:take 2/3 of test tube with urine, heat only the upper
part keeping lower part as control.
Presence of phosphates, carbonates, proteins gives a
white cloud formation. Add acetic acid 1-2 drops, if
the cloud persists it indicates it is protein(acetic acid
dissolves the carbonates/phosphates)
Bence Jones protein is a monoclonal globulin protein. Finding this protein in blood
and urine is often suggestive of multiple myeloma or Waldenstrom's
Test:Proteins has unusual property of precipitating at (400 -600c) & then dissolving
when the urine is brought to boiling(1000c) & reappears when the urine is cooled.
clinical sign:The Bence-Jones protein urine test is used mainly to diagnose and
monitor multiple myeloma, a blood cancer
Source of error of protein:1- increase of Exercise .
2- increase eating of red meat….why??
Glucose test is the most frequent chemical analysis performed on urine
because of its value in the detection and monitoring of diabetes mellitus.
principle of test is based on a double sequential enzyme reaction :-Two very different tests are utilized by laboratories to measure urinary glucose, the
glucose oxidase procedure provides a specific test for glucose.
• Diabetes mellitus.
• Renal glycosuria.
Trace (100 mg/dL)
+ (250 mg/dL)
1- take a lot of diet have sugar
2-Drug and some disease that cause increase sugar
++ (500 mg/dL)
+++ (1000 mg/dL)
++++ (2000+ mg/dL)
BENEDICT’S TEST(semi quantitative)
Principle:benedict’s reagent contains cuso4.In the presence of reducing sugars cupric ions
are converted to cuprous oxide which is hastened by heating, to give the color.
Method:take 5ml of benedict’s reagent in a test tube, add 8drops of urine. Boil the
The term ketones represents; three intermediate products of fat metabolism, namely,
acetone, acetoacetic acid, and beta-hydroxybutyric acid.
The three ketone bodies are not present in equal amounts in urine.
principle of test is based on the reaction of acetoacetic acid with sodium
nitroprusside in a strongly basic medium .
Acetoacetic Acid + Nitroprusside ------> Colored Complex
Diabetic ketoacidosis
Prolonged fasting
TEST:Principle:acetone & acetoacetic acid react with sodium nitroprusside in the presence of
alkali to produce purple colour.
Method:- take 5ml of urine in a test tube & saturate it with ammonium sulphate. Then add
one crystal of sodium nitroprusside. Then gently add 0.5ml of liquor ammonia
along the sides of the test tube.
- Change in colour indicates + test
Trace (5 mg/dL)
+ (15 mg/dL)
++ (40 mg/dL)
+++ (80 mg/dL)
++++ (160+ mg/dL)
OCCULT BLOOD :The term “occult” means “hidden,” and the methods used to test for blood in the urine are
capable of detecting even minute amounts not visualized macroscopically. Another reason for
this title is that these procedures actually detect the free hemoglobin from lysed red blood cells
principle of test is based on the pseudoperoxidase action of hemoglobin and
erythrocytes which catalyzes the reaction of 3, 3’, 5, 5’-tetramethyl-benzidine and
buffered organic peroxide .
Principle:Principle-The peroxidase activity of hemoglobin decomposes hydrogen peroxide
releasing nascent oxygen which in turn oxidizes benzidine to give blue color.
Method:- mix 2ml of benzidine solution with 2ml of hydrogen peroxide in a test tube. Take
2ml of urine & add 2ml of above mixture. A blue color indicates + reaction.
BILIRUBIN AND UROBILINOGEN:Bilirubin is formed from the breakdown of hemoglobin in the
reticuloendothelial system. It is then bound to albumin and transported
through the blood to the liver.
In the intestines, bacterial enzymes convert bilirubin,
through a group of intermediate compounds, to several
related compounds which are collectively referred to as
Urobilinogen .
Bilirubin can be detected in
the urine before other clinical
symptoms are present or
+ (weak)
++ (moderate)
+++ (strong)
CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF URINE bilirubin :• Increased direct bilirubin (correlates with urobilinogen and serum bilirubin).
TEST:Ictotest (more sensitive tablet version of same assay)
Serum test for total and direct bilirubin is more informative
UROBILINOGEN:Screening for urobilinogen is
useful in the diagnosis of liver
function disorders.
0.2 mg/dL
1 mg/dL
2 mg/dL
4 mg/dL
8 mg/dL
FOAM TEST:the urine is a yellowish-brown or greenish-yellow color and bilirubin is suspected,
shake the urine. If a yellow or greenish-yellow foam develops, then bilirubin is most
likely present. Bilirubin alters the surface tension of urine and foam will develop after
REAGENT TEST STRIPS:Screening tests for urobilinogen are based on the Ehrlich
Aldehyde Reaction:
p-Dimethylaminobenzaldehyde + urobiligen = red-colored azo dye
o CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF URINE BLOOD :• High: increased hepatic processing of bilirubin .
• Low: bile obstruction
White blood cells can be present in any body fluid depending on a cause for their presence. The
most common white blood cell seen in a urine sample is the neutrophil, which is normally
present in low numbers. Increased numbers of neutrophils usually indicate the presence of a
urinary tract infection; and their presence is indicated by a positive leukocyte esterase test.
Screening for urinary tract infections also includes evaluation of pH, protein, and nitrite
produces a lavender to
with a reporting range of
values from trace to large. Values reflecting cell numbers from negative to 500 may be
reported. These results may not correlate with the numbers of neutrophils seen during
microscopic examination.
False-Positive Results:
Strong oxidizing agents cause a false-positive leukocyte
esterase result
The nitrite test:
is a rapid, indirect method for the early detection of significant and symptomatic
bacteriuria.Common organisms that can cause urinary tract infections, such as Escherichia
coli,Enterobacter, Citrobacter, Klebsiella,and Proteus species, produce enzymes that
reduce urinary nitrate to nitrite. For this to occur, the urine must haveincubated in the
bladder for a minimum of 4 hours. Hence,the first morning urine is the specimen of
Nitrite results are read at 30 or 60 seconds, depending on the manufacturer
Pink spots or pink edges should not be considered a positive result. If the
uniform pink color is very light, it may best be seen by placing the strip
against a white background. The test is reported as positive or negative.
Source of error of nitrite in urine:
False-Positive Results
The urine should be tested shortly after being voided,
because if the urine is allowed to stand at room temperature
for several hours, organisms may grow in the specimen and
generate nitrite.9,10,48 Results may be misinterpreted as positive
in urines that appear red or contain phenazopyridine
and other substances that turn red in acid.5,11
False-Negative Results
The sensitivity of the test is reduced in urine with a high
specific gravity or elevated level of ascorbic acid.9,11 A negative
test should never be interpreted as indicating the
absence of bacterial infection.
Nitrite results are read at 30 or 60 seconds, depending on the manufacturer. Any
degree of uniform pink color should be interpreted as a positive nitrite test suggesting
the presence of 105 or more organisms per milliliter. The color development is not
proportional to the number of bacteria present. Pink spots or pink edges should not be
considered a positive result.2,5,9,11 If the uniform pink color is very light, it
may best be seen by placing the strip against a white background. The test is reported
as positive or negative
Early detection of bacteria is important in order to prevent cystitis from developing
into inflammation or infection involving the kidney and renal pelvis. The nitrite
portion of the test strip can be used to screen individuals who are at risk for
developing urinary tract infections, such as diabetics, persons with recurrent
infections, or pregnant women.
The test is also useful in evaluating the success of antibiotic therapy that is used to
treat a bladder infection.
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‫سعد داحش‬‫العمري‬
‫سالم داحش‬‫العمري‬
‫مشار ي‬‫سلمان الخيبري‬
‫مشعل محمد‬‫الشريف‬
Textbook: Graff’s Textbook of Routine Urinalysis and
Body Fluids
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