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What is the definition or description of: urine culture shows infection?

What is the definition or description of: urine culture shows infection?

None: A urine culture can only show the presence of bacteria in that particular specimen. The diagnosis of infection is clinical since some individuals can have asymptomatic bacteriuria and not be bothered by it. In addition at times the specimen can be contaminated and not representative of true infection. ...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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Imipramine 25mg 1 tablet a day since july. Has symptoms like cystitis for 2 weeks. Urine culture shows no infection. Side effect of imipramine?

Imipramine 25mg 1 tablet a day since july. Has symptoms like cystitis for 2 weeks. Urine culture shows no infection. Side effect of imipramine?

Urgency?: Imipramine makes it difficult to pee for multiple reasons. If you feel a constant urgency to void and have frequent urination, then you may not be emptying your bladder. Imipramine is rarely an effective treatment on its own. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Rule out infection as a cause with a urinalysis or culture
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Ask your doctor to review your medications to identify cause
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Rule out kidney stones with your doctor
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If male, schedule a prostate exam
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Blood in urine for 6 mos. Cystoscope normal. Bleed from urethra solid wk before each monthly period. A lot of pus in urine. Cultures show no infection?

Blood in urine for 6 mos. Cystoscope normal. Bleed from urethra solid wk before each monthly period. A lot of pus in urine. Cultures show no infection?

I would stick with: your Urologist and see if he can help you. Aseptic or interstitial cystitis is a condition similar to what you described, and the bleeding from the urethra may be part of a systemic inflammatory response that must be ruled out, such as urethritis secondary to reactive arthritis. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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I had a urine culture done. Showed no infection. Nitrates are neg but leukocytes pos. I have all the classic symptoms of a uti. I'm on antibiotics but still feel pain. Urgency, freq, pain, etc.

I had a urine culture done. Showed no infection. Nitrates are neg but leukocytes pos. I have all the classic symptoms of a uti. I'm on antibiotics but still feel pain. Urgency, freq, pain, etc.

Check with your Dr.: Sometimes doctors treat UTI without doing a culture, which means that maybe your antibiotic is resistant to your strain of bacteria and you're not feeling better because antibiotic can't treat the infection. Check with your doctor to make sure a culture was done and that your bacteria is sensitive to the antibiotic you're on. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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How long does it take for a UTI to show up on a urine culture, if you have an infection?

How long does it take for a UTI to show up on a urine culture, if you have an infection?

It may never show up: Utis is a clinical diagnosis - that means for a physician, we rely mainly on the patient's symptoms (pain on urination, hesitancy, frequency, flank/supra pubic pain) to make a dx. In many cases, we can grow and isolate the offending organism in the lab in <24hrs.. In other cases, it is much harder to do this (eg chlamydia, ureaplasma, mycoplasma) - sometimes resulting in a negative culture. ...Read more

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Urine culture done on 2/8 shows infection. Have a Foley and urine almost looks red. What is the risk of this turning in to a kidney infection?

Urine culture done on 2/8 shows infection. Have a Foley and urine almost looks red. What is the risk of this turning in to a kidney infection?

Foley catheter: If you have a foley catheter in place it is not surprising that you have wbc's and bacteria in your urine.- after 3 days >95% will. Blood can also occur and the risk of kidney infection exists any time you have instrumentation. The question is why the foley and what does the doctor who ordered it say? ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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Hello Doc, A scan shows that outline of the left kidney is rough in the inferior portion. the Doc said its infection but urine culture came out -ve?

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A scan shows that outline of the left kidney is rough in the inferior portion. the Doc said its infection but urine culture came out -ve?

Be more specific : "Rough in the inferior portion" is far from an appropriate medical interpretation of a scan. Please be more specific and clarify what the scan report states. ...Read more

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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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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
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Had urine culture three weeks ago showed no growth had another one last week it showed yeast infection Why do both show high levels of WBC ?

Had urine culture three weeks ago showed no growth had another one last week it showed yeast infection   Why do both show high levels of WBC ?

Leukocytes in urine: WBCs are present in response to almost any form of inflammation. It sounds as if you have a UTI if the urine was collected by a clean midstream catch. If not, the yeast may have present in the urine through contamination from the vaginal secretions and if you have Candida vulvovaginitis that is probably the explanation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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Does ureaplasma urealyticum infection show up on a urine culture or a pcr std urine test? I had two urine cultures and three std urine tests.

Does ureaplasma urealyticum infection show up on a urine culture or a pcr std urine test? I had two urine cultures and three std urine tests.

Normal bacteria: It's normal to have U. urealyticum in the genital tract. Once in a while it causes nongonococcal urethritis (NGU) in men, but generally harmless both in men and their sex partners. UU doesn't show up on routine tests; testing is rarely needed except in special circumstances. So nothing to worry about, especially if no symptoms. If in doubt, see an STD or infectious diseases expert. Good luck! ...Read more

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My urine culture showed 20,000 mixed flora. Would this still be considered an infection since it's less than 100,000 flora?

My urine culture showed 20,000 mixed flora. Would this still be considered an infection since it's less than 100,000 flora?

Contaminant: In our lab we usually do not obtain sensitivities unless a culture grows out more than 100k colonies. Usually mixed flora with low counts are contamination from specimen collection. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Dr. Simon Kimm
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Urine Culture (Definition)

Tiny sample of urine is spread on a bacterial growth culture medium, e.G agar & placed in an incubator to grow. Positive urine cultures demonstrate colonies of bacteria which can then be identified. Such colonies can then be recultured in presence of various antibiotics to identify to which the isolated organism is sensitive. ...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