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A 37-year-old male asked:

urine culture shows scanty growth of mixed flora. what does it mean?

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Dr. Ayman Jabr
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Dont worry: Most likely its contaminated and either repeat culture with clean catch urine if symptom of dysuria present.

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A 16-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between urinalyisis and urine culture?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
See answer: Urine analysis is using a dipstick to detect protein , blood etc and also lookig at the urine under a microscope to see cells and othe rsubstances to diagnose kidney problems urine culture is incubating the urine to grow/reveal the type of bacteria to direct treatment.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Why do I still have nitrates and leukocytes on my urine dipstick when the urine culture is negative?

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Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice 33 years experience
Many reasons: There are many possible reasons why a urine culture is negative but the nitrates and leukocytes are positive. 1. If your taking antibiotics then that would prevent growth of the urine culture. 2. The leukocytes and nitrates do not represent an actual bacterial infection but other viral, chemical, or environmental reasons for a positive result 3. Dipstick test or urine culture tests are false.
Sacramento, CA
A 51-year-old female asked:

Why is it I have white cells elevated in my urine yet when they do the urine culture nothing grows?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Other causes: Chlamydia, mycoplasma, and some possibly-immune bladder conditions can do this, and since you are a woman, there are always white cells in the vagina and doing the "clean catch" maneuver you're supposed to do for the urine is difficult or impossible. Don't forget TB or one of the obscure kidney diseases may also be considerations. Good luck, and correlate with your clinical findings.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if you have 50, 000 cfu/ enterococcus found in urine culture?

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Dr. Robert Bennett
Urology 30 years experience
CFU: If it were a catheterized sample it could be the cause of symptoms and be treated. Especially if nothing else grew.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: urine culture?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Grow UTI bacteria: Tiny sample of urine is spread on a bacterial growth culture medium, e.G agar & placed in an incubator to grow. Positive urine cultures demonstrate colonies of bacteria which can then be identified. Such colonies can then be recultured in presence of various antibiotics to identify to which the isolated organism is sensitive. No growth is negative.

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