Evaluation of a simple method for the screening of microalbuminuria in diabetic patients

Scand J Clin Lab Invest. 1990 Dec;50(8):913-5. doi: 10.3109/00365519009104961.


Microalbuminuria is an important predictor of the development of clinical nephropathy in diabetic patients. In this study we have evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of a rapid semi-quantitative method for the detection of microalbuminuria (Microbumintest tablets) in comparison with radio-immunoassay. When the cut-off point for albumin concentration was set at greater than or equal to 40 mg/l the sensitivity and specificity were 97.2% and 92.2%, respectively. Although the tablets are relatively expensive for screening purposes, we conclude that they represent a reliable and convenient screening method for microalbuminuria in diabetic patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Albuminuria / diagnosis*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / urine*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged