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The presence of proteins in urine is an indicator of various renal conditions including the progressive decline of the glomerulus. 

Kidney disease is a pathology that develops in 30 to 40% of insulin-dependent diabetic subjects. Yet early detection of small amounts of albumin in urine (concentrations of around 20 to 50 mg/L) allow for the early diagnosis of the disease, i.e. when kidney damage is still at a reversible stage. The qualitative detection of microalbumin is therefore of great clinical importance.