Urinary casts: Indicators of underlying clinical pathology

 By Paul R. Morris, MD, MA


Upon completion of this article, the reader will be able to:

  1. List disease statistics of CKD in the global and U.S. populations. 
  2. Discuss the function and parts of the renal system.
  3. Identify and define the components of a urinalysis.
  4. Discuss key findings in a urinalysis that help to diagnose CKD.

About the Author

Dr. Paul R. Morris earned his medical degree from Boston University. He completed his residency in Pathology at Duke and fellowship in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Morris has over twenty years of experience in blood and tissue banking, reference laboratories, and the in-vitro diagnostics industry. He currently is the Medical Director for Beckman Coulter Diagnostics and Life Sciences focusing on risk management and new product development.

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Course Includes

  • 1 Article
  • 1 Test
  • Course Certificate
  • MLO and Northern Illinois University (NIU), DeKalb, IL, are co-sponsors in offering continuing education units (CEUs) for this issue’s CE article. CEUs or contact hours are granted by the College of Health and Human Sciences at Northern Illinois University, which has been approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. Continuing education credits awarded for successful completion of this test are acceptable for the ASCP Board of Registry Continuing Competence Recognition Program. Readers who pass the test successfully (scoring 70% or higher) will receive a certificate for 1 contact hour of P.A.C.E.® credit. The fee for this continuing education test is $20. This test was prepared by Amanda Voelker, MPH, MT(ASCP), MLS, Clinical Education Coordinator, School of Health Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.

    Level of Instruction: Intermediate
    Passing scores of 70 percent or higher are eligible for 1 contact hour of P.A.C.E. credit. This test is no longer valid for CEUs after January 31, 2026.

    NIU is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.