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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