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Urine Culture Results 50,000-100,000 CFU/mL Staphylococcus coagulase negative not S.saprophyticus 10,000-50,000 CFU/mL Multiple organisms Meaning?

Urine Culture Results
50,000-100,000 CFU/mL Staphylococcus coagulase negative not S.saprophyticus
10,000-50,000 CFU/mL Multiple organisms
Meaning?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the colony count, the dominant organism and multiple organism all suggest that this is not real urinary infection. The organisms are likely to be skin contaminants. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Legionella (Definition)

Legionella is a bacterium that is normally associated with water - air conditioning towers, fountains, hot tubs. This bacteria is associated with legionnaire's disease as well as ...Read more


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What can I do to make my home less conducive to legionella contamination?

What can I do to make my home less conducive to legionella contamination?

Legionella: Legionella likes moist areas like the condensers of dehumidifiers & air conditioners (& possible older refrigerators); so keep that equipment dry (and possibly sterilized with bleach solution or lysol). If someone with legionella is/was in the home, wash linens in hot bleach water if possible; sterilize objects touched by the pt with lysol; if pt is coughing, have pt wear mask when around others. ...Read more

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Can staphylococcus haemolyticus cause prostatitis? All major std negative. Urine culture shows staphylococcus haemolyticus. Prostatitis?

Can staphylococcus haemolyticus cause prostatitis?

All major std negative. Urine culture shows  staphylococcus haemolyticus. Prostatitis?

Prostatitis: Staph species can cause prostatitis but they are rare. If you are having symptoms consistent with prostate infection and your urine is positive for Staph, then undergo treatment as recommended by your doctor and likely your symptoms will improve. ...Read more

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Coagulase negative staph in urine contageous?

Coagulase negative staph in urine contageous?

No: Coagulase negative staphylococcus species are normal inhabitants of everyone's skin. A bladder infection with these bacteria is not contageous. ...Read more

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What's legionella pneumophila?

Legionnaires disease: Legionella pneumophilia is the bacteria that causes legionaires' disease. It was first recognized when it caused an epidemic of pneumonia at a pennsylvania state american legion convention in philadelphia in 1976. Thus the name. ...Read more

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Urine; moderate WBC, no nitrites, culture <50k multiple non-uropathogenic gram positive bacteria. No symptoms. Possible contamination? Antibiotics??

Urine; moderate WBC, no nitrites, culture <50k multiple non-uropathogenic gram positive bacteria. No symptoms. Possible contamination? Antibiotics??

Contaminant: Infection is when pathogens (bacteria for example) invade your tissues. This almost always produces signs which include redness, swelling, warmth and pain. In the absence of symptoms this is a contaminant or a colonization of your urinary tract. Note: Do not test urine without a good reason.... ...Read more

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Piperacillin/tazobactam IV will kill klebsiella pneumonia bacteria?

Piperacillin/tazobactam IV will kill klebsiella pneumonia bacteria?

It may but...: It depends on the resistance profile of specific strain of klebsiella. Many strains acquired in the 'community' are very sensitive to almost all antimicrobials except penicillin and Ampicillin and certainly sensitive to piperacillin/tazobactam. However, especially when acquired in a hospital, klebsiella can be quite resistant to therapy including pip/tazobactam. ...Read more

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Difference in collecting specimen for fungal cultures and bacterial cultures?

Difference in collecting specimen for fungal cultures and bacterial cultures?

Similar: In many cases the procedures for collecting a specimen can be the same for both. Ideally you want to avoid contamination with bacterial cultures. With fungal cultures the growth media used can often help avoid bacterial contamination. Either way the process is pretty simple even if a blood culture may be involved. ...Read more

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Hi,Is ureaplasma ureaticum/ureaplasma parvum linked to chlamydia or other bacteria's?

Hi,Is ureaplasma ureaticum/ureaplasma parvum linked to chlamydia or other bacteria's?

Bacteria: Ureaplasma urealyticum is a bacterium belonging to the family Mycoplasmataceae. Its type strain is T960. U. urealyticum is part of the normal genital flora of both men and women. It is found in about 70% of sexually active humans. there is no linkage with any other infections but one can have both infections simultaneously. ...Read more

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history of sinus infections +dx of UCTD. Recent sinus cultures positive atypical bacteria (Serratia marcescens +Stenotrophomonasmaltophilia - Why?

 history of sinus infections +dx of UCTD. Recent sinus cultures positive atypical bacteria (Serratia marcescens +Stenotrophomonasmaltophilia - Why?

ID physician: S maltophilia is an organism of low virulence and frequently colonizes fluids used in the hospital setting and patient cultures. Serratia species are opportunistic gram-negative bacteria that are widespread in the environment. And something is definitely wrong here...unless your on say prednisone (for MCTD) and didn't mention this. You should see an infectious disease physician ASAP. ...Read more

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Herpes culture accuracy?

Herpes culture accuracy?

Herpes simplex: Culture of clinical materials for the presence of this organism are very accurate. ...Read more

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Is MRSA cultured in urine a contaminant?

Is MRSA cultured in urine a contaminant?

More info needed.: Why was the culture done? was the person having any symptoms? Answer to your question will depend on whether or not the person was having urinary or systemic complain. MRSA in urine could be significant, or a contaminant depending on the clinical presentation. ...Read more

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Treat alpha hemolytic strep on urine culture?

Treat alpha hemolytic strep on urine culture?

See below : We usually do not treat positive urine cultures unless the person has urinary symptoms such as burning while urinating, urinating much more than often, or bloody urine...The main exception when we do treat positive urine cultures regardless of symptoms is in pregnant women. Anyways you should definitely check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is strep mitis always consider contaminant from blood culture?

Is strep mitis always consider contaminant from blood culture?

Context!: In many cases, yes- but it depends on the situation. If one was to have a single positive blood culture set out of 2 or 3 sets, and the patient is feeling better without interventions, it may be because of a contamination. However, if someone with terrible teeth has a prosthetic device, clinical symptoms, and labs consistent with an infection, then it may actually be a real infection. ...Read more

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Can a urine culture detect herpes virus?

Can a urine culture detect herpes virus?

Herpes: No. Herpes can be detected by an actual smear from the ulcer or blood test. ...Read more

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Hi Doc, had UTI test. Result: Epithelial cells 1-2/HPF, pus Cells 2-3/HPF, colony count 100,000 cfu/ml. Organism Isolated:Staphylococcus saprophyticus?

Possible UTI: The organism you described is a skin contaminant and is not considered a pathological bacteria it is not the bacteria that has given you a bladder infection. If you have pain on urination or pain around the belly you may have a bladder infection these values in your urine analysis are not diagnostic of a UTI. ...Read more

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Will cefixime (surpax) kill yersinia and proteus mirabillis bacteria?

Will cefixime (surpax) kill yersinia and proteus mirabillis bacteria?

It may: But you need to do sensitivity testing against the particular strain of organism isolated, and with the increasing frequency of resistance development this is an essential component of management. ...Read more