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What does it mean when you have squamous epithelial cells in urine?

What does it mean when you have squamous epithelial cells in urine?

Not worrisome: Squamous cells in urine could be contamination from genitalia's squamous epithelium mucosa or from trigone area of urinary bladder (female). Not worrisome. We are talking about benign squamous cells. ...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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Does an urinalysis report of: leukocyte esterase 1+, urine WBC 6-10 and squamous epithelial cells 0-5 mean an infection?

Does an urinalysis report of: leukocyte esterase 1+, urine WBC 6-10 and squamous epithelial cells 0-5  mean an infection?

Not necessarily: Voided (vs. catheterized) urine specimens in women are potentially subject to contamination. Urine culture is the definitive method of determining the presence of infection. Another important point is that in older women in the absence of symptoms, this kind of urine abnormality alone or even a positive culture should not be treated with antibiotics (asymptomatic bacteriuria). ...Read more

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If a women is pregnant is it okay to have squamous epithelial cells in your urine?

Come from vagina: Finding of squamous epithelial cells in womans urine indicates it is not a pure bladder ; urethral specimen as these structures are lined by transitional urethelial cells (tuc) ; not epithelial cells. Tucs are much samaller than vaginal epithelial cells. ...Read more

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Would simple abdominal xray show inflamed kidneys? Xray normal, urine analysis showed few non squamous epithelial, mucous, & rare bacteria? Meaning?

Would simple abdominal xray show inflamed kidneys? Xray normal, urine analysis showed few non squamous epithelial, mucous, & rare bacteria? Meaning?

No: Abdominal x-ray is not a good test to see if your kidneys are infected. The urine analysis looks like it was not a clean catch, meaning the collection was not done in the optimal manner, but it does not look like there is an infection. ...Read more

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How to figure out the normal range of epithelial cells in urine?

What type?: There are a number of different types of epithelial cells that may be present in the urine. Squamous cells indicate contamination with skin or vaginal contents. None of the other epithelial cells are not normally present in urine. ...Read more

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Epithelial cells in urine and have been having kidney pain. What is going on?

Try again: Epi's almost always are a marker of a contaminated specimen--it picked up skin cells along the stream. Need a good clean catch, and are looking for bacteria, white blood cells, nitrite, leukocyte esterase, and WBC casts for classic pyelonephritis (kidney infection). If ua clean other than red blood cells, might be a kidney stone. See a doctor for testing. ...Read more

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