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A 27-year-old female asked:

I took a uti test. urine shows leukocytes but no nitrites. can bv cause that to happen? i have burning in vaginal opening as well

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Dr. Gregory Carter
Urology 39 years experience
Yes: Assuming the specimen was obtained by peeing in a cup, and not with a catheter, it is very common for Leukocytes (white blood or "pus" cells) to be washed into the cup from vaginal secretions. This can happen with or without a vaginal infection. Nitrites result from bacterial metabolism of normal nitrates in the urine, and indicate possibility of urinary infection.

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