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A 36-year-old female asked:

It hurts to pee. burning. the urethra burns some after peeing as well. no strange discharge. urine test showed white blood cells but no blood. could this indicate uti? thats what they think. prescribed antibiotic. thank you

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Culture: A urine culture and colony count are required to diagnose a UTI. White blood cells are often present but Red blood cells may not be present under the microscope in UTI's. Without a positive urine culture your physician is making a presumptive diagnosis of a UTI and is prescribing an antibiotic empirically. He/she may or may not schedule a post treatment urine test.

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