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Taking A Urine Sample
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 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Drug testing: Depends on company...Some do.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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