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A 37-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if there are white blood cells in my urine?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 20 years experience
White blood cells: White blood cells are not normally found in the urine. Leukocytes/wbcs indicate that inflammatory/infectious process is occurring, especially if rbcs are not present to support the idea of whole blood in the urine. Lab findings must be taken in a clinical context; we need to know what symptoms, issues, or other info available if any to help evaluate.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What can it mean having white blood cells in your urine and how should I deal?

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Dr. Jalal Zuberi
Pediatrics 46 years experience
White cells in Urine: White cells in urine mean inflammation some where in the urinary system. Most commonly it is due to infection, starting from the outer genital area all the way upto the kidneys. Besides infection, other causes of inflammation like stones, anywhere in the urinary system can also cause WBC's in urine. The best thing is to repeat the test after good hydration and persue it with your treating doctor.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What does white blood cells in urine mean?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Leukocytes = WBCs: White blood cells in the urine indicate that an inflammatory or immune system reaction is taking place. Without more information, in terms of other urine or laboratory markers, symptoms, etc. That is about all one can say with regard to this.
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Roswell, NM
A 20-year-old female asked:

I have white blood cells in my urine does it mean I have a infection yet?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
How many: Up to maybe 5 white cells in the urine is normal. If there are more in a woman, the first concern is contamination from the vagina. Your physician is the one who needs to decide whether and how to treat a possible urinary tract infection, especially considering your symptoms and signs and whether you have proteinuria to correlate with the white cells.
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New York, NY
A 31-year-old female asked:

Meaning of a lot of white blood cells in the urine?

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Dr. Karen Jones
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Infection: A lot of white cells in the urine usually means an infection. The infection could be in the urine - a bladder infection - or the cells could be coming from the vagina - which would mean a cervical or vaginal infection. With a bladder infection there is pain with voiding and voiding frequently. With a vaginal infection - itch, irritation, discharge or odor, and often pain. Check and treat this.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

High levels of white blood cells in urine. What could that mean?

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Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 46 years experience
Pyuria: White blood cells in urine usually are there because of an infection in the urinary tract. However, they can also be there in large numbers in a female when there is a vaginal infection or when she is having her period (always see red cells also in this situation). My best advice is to see your doctor and have a urine culture done to see what is going on.
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