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Evaluation of the Patient With a Positive Dipstick Test for Hemoglobin but Without Red Cells in the Urine Sediment

Specialty:

Nephrology, Urology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pedatrics, Genetics
Clinical Laboratory

Objective:

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Description:

Occasionally a patient may have a positive dipstick for hemoglobin but have no red blood cells seen on microscopic examination. A combination of repeat testing on a fresh specimen, a clinical history and selective chemical tests can often identify the cause.

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