Conditions that can cause a temporary rise in the levels of protein in urine include:

  1. Cold exposure
  2. Emotional stress
  3. Fever
  4. Heat exposure
  5. Strenuous exercise

Diseases and conditions that can cause persistently elevated levels of protein in urine include:

  1. Amyloidosis (buildup of abnormal proteins in your organs)
  2. Certain drugs
  3. Chronic kidney disease
  4. Diabetes
  5. Glomerulonephritis (inflammation in the kidney cells that filter waste from the blood)
  6. Goodpasture's syndrome
  7. Heart disease
  8. Heart failure
  9. High blood pressure (hypertension)
  10. Hodgkin's lymphoma (Hodgkin's disease)
  11. Kidney infection
  12. Leukemia
  13. Lupus
  14. Malaria
  15. Multiple myeloma
  16. Orthostatic proteinuria
  17. Pericarditis (inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart)
  18. Pregnancy
  19. Rheumatoid arthritis
  20. Sarcoidosis (development and growth of clumps of inflammatory cells in your organs)
  21. Sickle cell anemia

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

May. 21, 2011