A 19-year-old female asked:

Diagnosed w/ uti. urine showed wbc=35000, positive protein, culture= <10 x 10*6 cfu/l skin flora. does that mean no bacteria? is it something else?

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Dr. John Tillett
Urology 24 years experience
Skin flora: Skin flora are bacteria that are normally found living on our skin. When present in a urine culture, it typically means that the specimen was contaminated (e.g., the urine touched something before it got into the sterile specimen cup). I would recommend a repeat culture, using a catheterized specimen if possible.
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