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Urine culture came back: 50, 000-100, 000 cfu/ml of enterococcus species can someone explain exactly what this means and what sort of bacteria this is?

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Dr. Gregory Lewis
Urology 44 years experience
See answer: A urine culture/sensitivity (c/s) is used to identify the specific bacteria causing a UTI and the antibiotics the bacteria is sensitive/resistant to. Urine c/s is deemed positive if shows bacterial count of >1, 000 colonies/ml of a typical urinary tract organism. The large intestine and the perineal area serve as reservoir for pathogenic bacteria. E.Coli accounts for >70% of uti; enterococcus 5-10%.

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