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My urine culture report shows me e-coli organisum three times from three months .i had several antibiotics. should they keep testing for cure if i have no symptoms ?

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Dr. Paul Sucgang answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Depending on your age you may not need to keep looking for a cure if no symptoms are present. A contaminated urine culture could happen if a "clean catch" is not obtained. Also a urine culture should show anti-biotic sensitivies so you and your doctor could better target your therapy.

Answered Feb 8, 2015

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Dr. Kathleen Mullane answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

E coli is the most common cause of UTI but also the most common contaminant in urine cultures. The doctors should also do a urinalysis to look for wbcs & epithelial cells to differentiate. The # of organisms also needs to be quantitated. We used to think asymptomatic bactiuria was unimportant but now we know it can lead to issues esp in pregnant/elderly or tell us of urinary tract abnormalities.

Answered Oct 9, 2017

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