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November 21, 1959


Author Affiliations

U. S. Army (Res.)

From Fort Bliss, Texas, and the Department of Medicine, St. Vincent's Hospital, New York.

JAMA. 1959;171(12):1678-1679. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.73010300001014

The literature contains only a few reports concerning albuminuria and hematuria in boxers. The first article, reporting on 103 boxers, appeared in 1954.1 Since then, only one further study has been made, on a larger series of 764 fighters.2 A recent Army boxing tournament at Fort Bliss, Texas, afforded the opportunity to study the problem further; the present study is the first report concerning amateur boxers.

Materials and Method  Forty-three paired specimens of urine were obtained from 35 boxers, one before and one immediately after each bout. Five boxers fought two bouts and one participated in three bouts. The urine specimens were tested for blood with the benzidine test and screened for albumin with use of Uristix strips. We used the criteria of Hepler3 who stated that results of the benzidine test for blood are considered positive only if the urine contains 12 or more erythrocytes per