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what does epithelial cells in urine mean

A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bryan Kurtz
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Probably nothing: If this was a clean catch urine, your doctor would use these results along with your symptoms to decide if you have a UTI. Clean catch urine, though, ... Read More
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Might still be a UTI: Gram +ve organisms tike staphloccus, stretococcus,& enterococcus are all nitrite negative & thus urine dipstick can show as -ve for bacteria, ... Read More

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marina Landa
31 years experience Pathology
Not worrisome: Squamous cells in urine could be contamination from genitalia's squamous epithelium mucosa or from trigone area of urinary bladder (female). Not worri ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Vaginal cells in it: Epithelial cells come from vagina and introitus and not from the urinary tract ; are a normal finding ; no cause for alarm. Squamous epithelial cells ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
28 years experience Family Medicine
Contamination: Epithelial cells are the cells that cover the skin. Generally, a "clean catch" urine specimen will be free of epithelial cells, however if they are p ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rashed Hasan
30 years experience Pediatrics
Urinalysis : If you do not have symptoms these types and numbers of cells are within the normal range
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Don't worry: a few vaginal cells ended up there. The clean catch was not perfect. If your physician is not concerned, relax
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Veres
17 years experience Family Medicine
UTI: it means urinary tract infection, see a doctor for antibiotics
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Dr. Nicholas Nomicos
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Try again: It is always important to cleanse properly prior to obtaining the urine sample. Also, this type of result can be seen in the first void of the day. ... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Henry Ng
Dr. Henry Ng answered
19 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Contamination : When there are more than 5 to 10 squamous epithelium cells per high-powered field that means a urine sample was contaminated with skin cells. Any type ... Read More
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