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Maltese and Pseudo-Maltese Crosses

Specialty:

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

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

Under polarized light certain elements in the urine sediment may show a "Maltese" cross. It is important to distinguish between those elements producing the "true" Maltese cross and those elements that may mimic it (pseudo-Maltese cross).

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