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A 33-year-old female asked:

Does low specific gravity on urinalysis mean kidney infection? otherwise normal test, no leuk or nitrites. started w/ uti sx 3 days ago, bladder fullness and freq, and now back pain up both sides and abdomen cramps. no blood or fever?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Urine specific gravity says nothing at all about infection. It just means you've been drinking lots of fluids (a good idea when UTI is suspected) and have dilute urine. The other urinalysis results make infection very unlikely. See your doctor if your symptoms continue. Good luck.
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Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 36 years experience
It indicates a dilute urine which could be due to many reasons eg too much fluid intake or Diabetes insipidus etc. Not indicative of UTI. Re other symptoms get examined to determine whether from back/ kidney or abdomen .
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Last updated Dec 28, 2022

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