A 38-year-old male asked:
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leukocytes shown in urine on dip stick at dr. said poss uti.they sent out for culture which showed no bacteria.how or why would they be in urine then?

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Dr. Spencer Long
Specializes in Urology
Keep checking: Lab tests are not 100% accurate. You may have had leukocytes in the urine for some other reason, such as contamination from the skin. On the other hand bacteria don't always grow out and this may be a false negative. Do you have any symptoms? In any case, I recommend repeating the urinalysis with a dip stick and microscopic exam. Dr. Long
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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