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Doctor insights on: Taking A Urine Sample

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How long can a urine sample sit before it is sent to lab for testing without going bad?

How long can a urine sample sit before it is sent to lab for testing without going bad?

Depends : Some things such as glucose must be tested pretty quick as they are consumed by cells and bacteria in the urine. Cells deteriorate quickly, bacteria multiply quickly. Protein could deteriorate. The ph can change depending upon bacterial action. Sodium, potassium, chloride, an similar elemental analytes are unchanged in spite of temperature and or biologic processes. In general test asap. ...Read more

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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Is taking a urine sample enough to test for gonorrhea in men ?

Is taking a urine sample enough to test for gonorrhea in men ?

Usually: Alternative is a bacterial swab (like a q-tip if there is any pus at the urinary opening. However urine test for gonorrhea is pretty reiable. ...Read more

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My dr is taking drug urine samples now what should I expect?

My dr is taking drug urine samples now what should I expect?

No Problems: If you are taking your medicine as prescribed and nothing more. Periodic urine drug testing is the standard method of confirming compliance with therapy and avoidance of drugs which have not be prescribed. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant & while taking urine sample at clinic restroom happen to pick up my phone frm toilet bowl with my bare hand will i or my baby get infecte?

I'm pregnant & while taking urine sample at clinic restroom happen to pick up my phone frm toilet bowl with my bare hand will i or my baby get infecte?

You will be fine: Wash your hands thoroughly, and wipe off your phone with a disinfectant wipe. You and your baby should be just fine. ...Read more

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Is the level of eloctrocytes measurered by taking a urine or a blood sample?

Is the level of eloctrocytes measurered by taking a urine or a blood sample?

Electrolytes: Levels of electrolytes are measures most commonly in serum, however, they are also measured in urine. Looking for a basis metabolic panel to see how you are doing overall, blood is drawn. Looking to see if you are metabolizing well and utilizing or wasting nutrients, urine can be used. With your history of renal disease they would check your electrolytes in your urine to eval your disease process. ...Read more

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Why did I have to take a urine sample?

Why did I have to take a urine sample?

Well,: A urine test checks different components of urine, a waste product made by the kidneys. A regular urine test may be done to help find the cause of symptoms. The test can give information about your health and problems you may have. ...Read more

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What does "c" stand for with a urine sample?

What does "c" stand for with a urine sample?

Probably culture: Usually order urine c&s meaning culture and sensitivity. ...Read more

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Why has my urine sample got white bits in it?

Why has my urine sample got white bits in it?

Possible yeast...: It could be related to a yeast infection(fungal vaginal infection caused by candida albicans) especially if you have vaginal itching, irritation and whitish thick discharge. If this is the case talk to your doctor in order to get medication prescribed for it. ...Read more

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How come they want me to do another urine sample?

How come they want me to do another urine sample?

For confirmation: There was likely an abnormal finding at your urinalysis which needs to be confirmed before proceeding with any other studies. Original urinalysis may have been positive for infection ; dr now wants to get urine culture to identify germ antibiotic sensitivity, i.e. Which antibiotic would be effective to eliminate infection. ...Read more

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I poked myself while getting a urine sample should I be worried?

I poked myself while getting a urine sample should I be worried?

No: How did you do that? What do you mean by poked yourself? If the "poking" did not involve a dirty sharp instrument, you are okay. ...Read more

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I am wondering what health problems can you detect with just a urine sample ?

I am wondering what health problems can you detect with just a urine sample ?

Many, for a start:-: Uti if bacteria +/-pus cells present, diabetes if sugar present, suspicion of urinary tract or kidney cancer if blood present: suspect kidney disease if protein present +/-blood, stones w blood, supect liver disease/jaundice if bilirubin present; kidney concentrating problem or hydration from specific gravity: urinary acidity helpful in managing kidney stones: nutrition by presence of ketones: etc. ...Read more

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I've jst done a urine sample and it come out that my ery was plus 3 what does this mean?

I've jst done a urine sample and it come out that my ery was plus 3 what does this mean?

Many possibilities: Ery probably stands for erythrocytes, which are red blood cells (RBC's). Normal urine has no RBC's. If you are on your menstrual period it is probably from that and not worrisome. If not on your period this could be caused by a urinary tract infection, kidney stone or tumor in the bladder or kidneys. See your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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If i receive a clean urine sample at 8:30am and deliver at body temp at 2pm will the sample still be viable?

Viable?: Depends on what they're testing for. Usually if looking for infection, that should be fine, although it should be refrigerated. If you're thinking about cheating on a screening, they can usually figure out that its not your sample... ...Read more

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I was told to take a urine sample and bring it in the next day will the temperature effect what they are testing for?

I was told to take a urine sample and bring it in the next day will the temperature effect what they are testing for?

It depends.: This would depend on how high the temperature is/was where it was kept, and what is being tested. Apparently, if it was not artificially heated, and was kept at a reasonable temperatture, like room temp. Or lower, it should not be affected for most urine values. However, the big issue with temperature is if high, it might cause growth of bacteria, which can be a big factor if testing for uti. ...Read more

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What can doctors tell from a urine sample?

What can doctors tell from a urine sample?

Depends on the test.: Doctors order specific tests on urine depending on the patient's needs. The most common urine tests check for blood, protein, ph imbalance, diabetes, kidney problems & infection. Microscopy can further find stone crystals, bacteria, or yeast. Toxicology tests look for drugs of abuse (amphetamine, cocaine, opiates, benzo). Specialized tests can look for endocrine problems (cortisol). ...Read more

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Ph6 found in urine sample what does this mean?

Ph6 found in urine sample what does this mean?

Acid-base status: The ph scale measures acidity and basicity. Higher ph means the urine is more basic and lower ph means it is more acidic. Normal range for urine can be between 4.5 - 8.0 according to most sources. Medication and various medical conditions can affect ph, including multiple issues at one time making deciphering the meaning of the ph without more info difficult. ...Read more

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What does this mean from my urine sample: 50 RBC/uL?

What does this mean from my urine  sample: 50 RBC/uL?

Here are some...: Finding 50 rbc/ml on UA is significant if done with properly collected urine specimen so to avoid contamination especially at the time of period and in women who are young, sexually active, & overweight. To know more on blood in urine, perusing the article in http://formefirst.com/hematuria.html will be helpful on how to handle current concern over blood in urine. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can it be blood on my urine sample?

Please tell me what can it be blood on my urine sample?

Many possibilities: We want to rule out tumors and stones. If there's no other evidence of illness, you may simply be one of the 1% of folks who just leaks a little blood into the urine without it being a problem. You may have thin-GBM non-disease or some unknown issue. If everything else checks out normal, stop worrying. ...Read more