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A 35-year-old female asked:

Uti test strips at home. leukocytes - positive & nitrite - negative . what does that mean? no pain and burning. leuk. was 3+ at doc's office in feb.

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Dr. Samuel Lee
Urology 33 years experience
Cystitis: Leukocytes are our body's defense mechanism of fighting bacteria or virus. There is a reaction occurring in the bladder for some reason (and sometimes without symptoms). If your UA shows high specific gravity (>1.025), then you may need to increase fluids in your diet. Then, periodically recheck with UA test strips. If persistent leukocytes, you may need to undergo a cystoscopy.
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