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What does a urine cytology look for?

What does a urine cytology look for?

Cancer cells: It looks for evidence of cancer cells, usually to make the diagnosis of bladder cancer. ...Read more

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Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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What does it mean if there are suspicious cells in a urine cytology?

What does it mean if there are suspicious cells in a urine cytology?

It is not specific.: It may indicate a malignancy in the urinary tract however these changes can also be observed with infections and inflammatory reactions. Please follow up with the doctor that ordered the urine cytology. ...Read more

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How long does it typically take to receive the results from a urine cytology? It's been 9 days and i still haven't received the results.

How long does it typically take to receive the results from a urine cytology? It's been 9 days and i still haven't received the results.

Cytology : It depends on the pathology lab. Generally 4-5 working days unless they have to send it out to a larger lab. In those instances it can take a 7 or more working days. ...Read more

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I have to take a urine cytology teat and I am menstruating. what should I do?

I have to take a urine cytology teat and I am menstruating. what should I do?

Go ahead with test: A urine cytology is a test from a voided urine to allow pathologic assessment of the urothelial cells which line the bladder, ureters, and interior of the kidneys. It is usually ordered when you have had blood in the urine previously to make sure the blood is not from a potential malignancy. You may have some blood contamination from your period but this should not affect the urothelial cells. ...Read more

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Why is a biopsy more reliable for diagnosing bladder cancer than a urine cytology?

Why is a biopsy more reliable for diagnosing bladder cancer than a urine cytology?

More info in biopsy: Urine cytology examines single cells that are shed from the bladder lining and are suspended in fluid. Nuclear features of each cell can be evaluated but low grade cancer may look similar to reactive changes. A biopsy is a whole piece of tissue. The entire thickness of the lining and overall morphology can be evaluated. A biopsy is far better than urine cytology, especially for low grade lesion ...Read more

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Can someone explain to me how come a biopsy is more reliable in diagnosing bladder cancer than a urine cytology?

Can someone explain to me how come a biopsy is more reliable in diagnosing bladder cancer than a urine cytology?

See below: Urine cytology is looking for cancer cells in the urine, which can be missed as they may not be shed into the bladder, from its lining. The amount shed may also be too small to detect. The biopsy of a suspicious area is more reliable. ...Read more

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Cystoscopy done, no tumors found, but took a urine cytology specimen to look for cancer cells. What percent of people have cancer with no tumors?

Cystoscopy done, no tumors found, but took a urine cytology specimen to look for cancer cells. What percent of people have cancer with no tumors?

Depends: Obtaining a urine cytology is standard practice at time of cystoscopy. It can be helpful to determine if there is high grade cancer in the drainage system of kidneys. Also there is a form of high grade bladder cancer that is limited to the lining of the bladder. In these cases, there would be no visible tumor seen. ...Read more

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Cytology (Definition)

Is the study of cells, where they came from, how they work, how ...Read more