What are casts?
Keeping this in view, what does it mean to have casts in your urine?
Casts are the result of solidification of material (protein) in the lumen of the kidney tubules, more specifically in the nephron. If a cast is seen in the urine, kidney disease or in- volvement exists; the presence of casts indicates kidney (renal) disease rather than lower urinary tract disease.
Also Know, what is the normal range for casts in urine? Normally, healthy people may have a few (0–5) hyaline casts per low power field (LPF). After strenuous exercise, more hyaline casts may be detected. Other types of casts are associated with different kidney diseases, and the type of casts found in the urine may give clues as to which disorder is affecting the kidney.
Also, are casts in urine normal?
Casts in urine from normal individuals are few or none (and are usually hyaline or granular in nature). An absence of casts does not rule out renal disease. Casts may be absent or very few in cases of chronic, progressive, generalized nephritis.
Are hyaline casts dangerous?
Hyaline casts are the type most commonly seen in the urine sediment. Pathologically, hyaline casts may be seen with congestive heart failure, and may be seen together with other types of casts in a variety of renal diseases.