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A 47-year-old female asked:

My urine tested positive for trace red blood cells. everything else negative.culture came back with multiple flora.only symptom is burning feeling that doesnt go away after going to the bathroom.can this still be a uti or more likely something else?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Maybe/not: A report like that suggests a "squat & pee" collection with poor technique. Such studies come up with germs from the vagina/skin & bladder making it of less value for diagnosis. A " clean catch" or midstream "catch it like a guy peeing" would be more easy to know if this was a UTI or not.
Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
If culture negative,: Interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition causing bladder pressure, bladder pain and sometimes pelvic pain. The pain ranges from mild discomfort to severe pain. The condition is a part of a spectrum of diseases known as painful bladder syndrome.

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