Introduction to Artifacts in Urine Sediment

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Introduction to Artifacts in Urine Sediment

Artifacts may cause confusion when trying to identify significant elements in the urine sediment. Possible artifacts include:

  • Oil or fat droplets
  • Air bubbles
  • Starch granules
  • Fibers