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A 38-year-old member asked:

What does it mean when one has bacteria present in a urine culture?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 30 years experience
Depends upon type.: In most instances, urine should not contain any bacteria, and the presence of bacteria might indicate an infection. Sometimes when a urine culture is collected, a few bacteria from the skin or end of the urethra may "contaminate" the urine. In such cases, bacteria may not indicate a real disease. Need to know type and # of bacteria and whether there are accompanying white blood cells in urine.

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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is gram positive bacteria result from a urine culture test mean?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
Urinary infection: Bacteria usually originate from the bowel, vagina, or skin as normal flora of the host. Gram-positive organisms can include staphylococcus saprophyticus (causative organism in 5% to 15% of utis) and enterococcus faecalis it means urinary infection related to gram positive organism.
Last updated Oct 11, 2020


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