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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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What does occasional cloudy urine mean? Itchiness that comes with it. Could i possibly have a minor urinary tract infection?

What does occasional cloudy urine mean? Itchiness that comes with it. Could i possibly have a minor urinary tract infection?

Possibly: Urinary tract infections don't tend to be "occasional." they tend to have a start and an end. You should definitely have a urine test to see what is there especially at the time of symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a UTI (urinary tract infection) to show positive on a urine culture?

How long does it take for a UTI (urinary tract infection) to show positive on a urine culture?

It may not!: A urinary tract infection is a clinical diagnosis, and doesn't necessarily hinge on a positive urine culture. However, typical bacteria associated with uti's will test positive within 24hr. Cultures help in choosing the most appropriate antibiotic.However, keep in mind some microbes cannot be cultured, or aren't routinely cultured (e.g. Ureaplasma, chlamydia) - but can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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5 month old son had urinary tract infection without fever&normal us, vcug is recommended its invasive i d prefer repeat urine tests what should I do?

Do the VCUG.: He should have the vcug. It is very important to find out if there is reflux of urine backwards, up toward the kidney, which will predispose to more infections. The ultrasound looks at the size and structure of the kidneys and urinary tract, but not reflux. You can not tell this from repeat urine tests either. Repeated infections can cause damage to the kidneys. ...Read more

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Will a urinary tract infection show up on dipstick urine test?

Will a urinary tract infection show up on dipstick urine test?

Mostly: Nitrite reagent in dipstick works for most gram negative organisms, but does show gram positive bacteria like enterococcus, staphlococcus or streptococcus etc.. Latter 2 are considered "skin" organisms but can be cause of utis in some, especially subjects on intermittent catheterization. Leucoocte esterase for wbcs in urine usually but, not always reliable. Urine culture is most reliable. ...Read more

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If a urine test that is called uwbc is in the 6-10 range is that indicative of a urinary tract infection?

Urinalysis: Generally, we accept no more than 2 white cells in the macroscopic exam. More cells than that are abnormal and often reflect a urinary tract infection. I would definitely repeat the test (it is inexpensive) to make sure it was a "clean" catch, but if it is still abnormal, your provider will want to send a sample for culture to determine the proper antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Why does a urinary tract infection cause blood in urine?

Why does a urinary tract infection cause blood in urine?

Inflammation. : Bacterial infections can cause inflammation/irritation of the lining of your urinary tract leading to traces of blood making its way in your urine. Also explains why sometimes with a bad cold we sometimes see streaks of blood in mucous and phlegm. Bacteria similarly cause irritation of the respiratory tract lining. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Urinalysis Microscopic Exam Shows Pus Cells (Definition)

Pus cells or pyuria refers to white blood cells in the urine. Normally, the number should not exceed 5 per high power field. It may indicate the presence of bacteria in the urine or a urinary tract infection depending on whether there are symptoms. Please consult your primary ...Read more