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ZOLGHADRI J, ALBORZI S, ARDEKANY M. THE VALUE OF DIPSTICK ANALYSIS OF URINARY PROTEIN IN PREGNANCY INDUCED HYPERTENSION. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2002; 16 (2) :79-83
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From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, I.R. Iran.
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In order to determine the value of dipstick analysis of urinary protein in pregnancy induced hypertension, a prospective study analyzing pregnant patients with a diagnosis of hypertensive disorder was conducted to compare the result of urinary protein dipstick analysis with 24hr. urine protein collection in obstetrical clinics affiliated to Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. All patients fulfilling the criteria of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' definitions for establishing a diagnosis of hypertensive disorder on the basis of urinary dipstick measurements were included in the study. During the study, 102 hypertensive pregnant patients aged from 16-42 years were included in the study. Obtained results showed that the presence of negative value on urinary dipstick with a sensitivity of 100% is a useful method for ruling out significant proteinuria (> 300 mg/24hr). But values of >2+ are not adequate to confirm a diagnosis of severe hypertensive disorder because its positive predictive value is only 22% and values of > trace-although highly suggestive of significant proteinuria (positive predictive value: 78%)-have a false positive rate of 23% a timed collection of urine for determination of 24-hr protein excretion becomes mandatory in such cases. The urinary dipstick determination of protein excretion therefore has significant limitations for determination of the presence or severity of proteinuria.
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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Gynecology & Obstetrics

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