Table 4 summarizes the characteristics of the more common types of abnormal crystals.
Table 4. Summary of Abnormal Crystals and their Characteristics.
|Liver disease (rare)
|Renal tubular disease
High doses of ampicillin, sulfonamide, or other drugs may also result in urine crystal formation. It is important to check the patient's current medications when unusual crystals are found in the urine specimen.