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What does it mean if there are suspicious cells in a urine cytology?

What does it mean if there are suspicious cells in a urine cytology?

It is not specific.: It may indicate a malignancy in the urinary tract however these changes can also be observed with infections and inflammatory reactions. Please follow up with the doctor that ordered the urine cytology. ...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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Cystoscopy done, no tumors found, but took a urine cytology specimen to look for cancer cells. What percent of people have cancer with no tumors?

Cystoscopy done, no tumors found, but took a urine cytology specimen to look for cancer cells. What percent of people have cancer with no tumors?

Depends: Obtaining a urine cytology is standard practice at time of cystoscopy. It can be helpful to determine if there is high grade cancer in the drainage system of kidneys. Also there is a form of high grade bladder cancer that is limited to the lining of the bladder. In these cases, there would be no visible tumor seen. ...Read more

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Urine cytology test showed benign urothelial cells negative for malignancy, some red blood cells. Blood test-increase in neutrophils. Sould i worry?

Urine cytology test showed benign urothelial cells negative for malignancy,  some red blood cells. Blood test-increase in neutrophils. Sould i worry?

Urine Cytology: If the urine cytology provided a good sample, you needn't worry about a bladder tumor. The increased white cell count( coupled with the red cells in the urine) could signify a bladder infection or inflammatory process, but without further history, it is difficult to pinpoint. A simple urinalysis may help clarify whether you have a bladder infection or not. An increased WBC is entirely non-specific. ...Read more

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What does a urine cytology look for?

What does a urine cytology look for?

Cancer cells: It looks for evidence of cancer cells, usually to make the diagnosis of bladder cancer. ...Read more

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How long does it typically take to receive the results from a urine cytology? It's been 9 days and i still haven't received the results.

How long does it typically take to receive the results from a urine cytology? It's been 9 days and i still haven't received the results.

Cytology : It depends on the pathology lab. Generally 4-5 working days unless they have to send it out to a larger lab. In those instances it can take a 7 or more working days. ...Read more

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Why would doctor order urine cytology? What would ithe results show?

Why would doctor order urine cytology? What would ithe results show?

Urine cytology: This is a test that looks for cancerous cells in a urine sample. ...Read more

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I have to take a urine cytology teat and I am menstruating. what should I do?

I have to take a urine cytology teat and I am menstruating. what should I do?

Go ahead with test: A urine cytology is a test from a voided urine to allow pathologic assessment of the urothelial cells which line the bladder, ureters, and interior of the kidneys. It is usually ordered when you have had blood in the urine previously to make sure the blood is not from a potential malignancy. You may have some blood contamination from your period but this should not affect the urothelial cells. ...Read more

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Why is a biopsy more reliable for diagnosing bladder cancer than a urine cytology?

Why is a biopsy more reliable for diagnosing bladder cancer than a urine cytology?

More info in biopsy: Urine cytology examines single cells that are shed from the bladder lining and are suspended in fluid. Nuclear features of each cell can be evaluated but low grade cancer may look similar to reactive changes. A biopsy is a whole piece of tissue. The entire thickness of the lining and overall morphology can be evaluated. A biopsy is far better than urine cytology, especially for low grade lesion ...Read more

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Can someone explain to me how come a biopsy is more reliable in diagnosing bladder cancer than a urine cytology?

Can someone explain to me how come a biopsy is more reliable in diagnosing bladder cancer than a urine cytology?

See below: Urine cytology is looking for cancer cells in the urine, which can be missed as they may not be shed into the bladder, from its lining. The amount shed may also be too small to detect.
The biopsy of a suspicious area is more reliable. ...Read more

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I had a urine cytology done because last 4 months moderate blood is in my urine alot of lower belly and back pain test results showed moderate blood a?

I had a urine cytology done because last 4 months moderate blood is in my urine alot of lower belly and back pain test results showed moderate blood a?

Consult Urologist: Blood in urine requires a comprehensive physical examination including digital rectal exam, speculum vaginal examination & at least kidney, pelvic & bladder ultrasound. Could this be a STD? Might also require CT scan of pelvis. Good Luck ...Read more

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What tests should one perform after realizing that he has hematuria after urine cytology tests having polycystik kidney disease and hypertension?Help

What tests should one perform after realizing that he has hematuria after urine cytology tests having polycystik kidney disease and hypertension?Help

Polycystic Kidneys: Polycystic kidney disease (pckd) is a chronic condition, and can result in kidney failure if you don't follow up regularly with your doctor. You will need regular blood work and monitoring by a nephrologist (kidney specialist), regular follow up ultrasounds or ct scans of your kidneys, and you will need good blood pressure control to prevent damage to your kidneys. ...Read more

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My doctor ordered a urine cytology test due to hematuria. He ordered it done on 24 hr urine sample. Lab says not 24hr test. Who's right?

My doctor ordered a urine cytology test due to hematuria. He ordered it done on 24 hr urine sample.  Lab says not 24hr test.  Who's right?

Usually: Urine cytology is a one time test, where you send a sample immediately to the cytology/pathology lab without having to collect 24 hours worth of urine. ...Read more

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Dosctor actually my father has 3 years of hematuria which is on and off with a gap of 1-2 months the hematuria is intial in the very beginning of urination with no pain and burning.he has done almost all investigations including CTKUB urine cytology for m

Dosctor actually my father has 3 years of hematuria which is on and off with a gap of 1-2 months the hematuria is intial in the very beginning of urination with no pain and burning.he has done almost all investigations including CTKUB urine cytology for m

Keep looking: Blood in the urine can be caused by a tumor or other serious condition. Has he had a cystoscopy, in which a urologist looks inside the urine channel? This is a short office procedure and would show the lower part of the urethra, where this blood is probably coming from. ...Read more

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Hematuria. non- contrast Ct scan, urine cytology, cystoscopy all good. 2 painless non-obstructing stones in lower pole . Could I still have cancer?

Hematuria. non- contrast Ct scan, urine cytology, cystoscopy all good.  2 painless non-obstructing stones in lower pole .  Could I still have cancer?

Here are some...: The answer to your Q could not be addressed in a 400-letter space. However, to sort the mystery of related issues regarding microhematuria out has not to be that hard by following instructions as described in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html and in http://formefirst.com/hematuria.html. Best wish to health and happiness. ...Read more

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What can cause reactive squamous metaplasia in male urethra? Non smoker with negative for bacteria in urine cytology and common stds. Hpv positive.

What  can cause reactive squamous metaplasia in male urethra? Non smoker with negative for bacteria in urine cytology and common stds. Hpv positive.

Trauma, infection: Or hormones. Intermittent catheterization or indwelling catheters can induce squamous metaplasia, hpv, which is a std as well as other STDs can cause it. Estrogen pretreated men undergoing gender change have urethral metaplasia. Can be associated with bladder and urethral cancers. Sometimes harmless and of no known cause. ...Read more

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My urine analysis says the urine is clear but the cytology report says it's cloudy. I have only squamous and urothelial cells present. Why is that?

My urine analysis says the urine is clear but the cytology report says it's cloudy.  I have only squamous and urothelial cells present.  Why is that?

Urinalysis: urinalysis does not detect squamous cells or urinary sediment. "Cloudy" urine is usually due to heavy urinary sediment if infection has been ruled out. This may be a result of incomplete voiding, inadequate fluid ingestion or medications precipitating out in your urine. ...Read more

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Can you have a cytology done to see if there are cancer cells in urine?

Can you have a cytology done to see if there are cancer cells in urine?

Yes, but...: Many cancers do not shed their cells into the urine. The decision to pursue a further workup in the absence of a positive urine cytology is your physician's, with your input of course. If i had new hematuria, i'd have imaging even with negative cytology. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does rare urothelial cell groupings noted on cytology report indicate? Have blood in urine, no other symptom.

What does rare urothelial cell groupings noted on cytology report indicate? Have blood in urine, no other symptom.

See below: Urine cytology is not very good test- it is not showing malignancy in your report. You need to follow with your doctor and possibly see a urologist. ...Read more

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Boy with bloody urine and semen. Cysto. ,multiple utrasounds and cytologies done , all normal. doctor now prescribed transamin 250mg,3 weeks. Opinion?

Boy with bloody urine and semen. Cysto. ,multiple utrasounds and cytologies done , all normal. doctor now prescribed transamin 250mg,3 weeks. Opinion?

Get 2nd opinion: One percent of folks have hematuria most of their lives due to a minor problem with the glomeruli. If cancer and stones are ruled out, giving Junior a medicine that's usually used for heavy menstrual periods does not seem sensible. ...Read more

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I have had 3 urine tests since August, all 3 showed hematuria and high ketones. One cystoscopy, negative cytology. Is this a concern, or need work up?

Ketones are: not important, as ketones concentrate in the urine and may go up just due to fasting, The hematuria needs to be followed and evaluation continued. ...Read more

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Black ,solid prtcles in semen. Had cysto. 2 months ago for gross hemutria( since april).Clot in urine today. Had US, cytology, CT, all normal( age18)?

Black ,solid prtcles in semen. Had cysto.  2 months ago for gross hemutria( since april).Clot in urine today. Had US, cytology, CT, all normal( age18)?

Your case is unique.: You would be best served by asking for a private consult where your studies and labs can be fully evaluated. Although blood in semen is not usually of concern, blood in urine should be investigated. With pain, is most likely to be stone related. Without pain can be many things. Ask for a second opinion here on HealthTap Concierge ...Read more

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I have blood in semen & urine since 4/15 . Got 2 cystoscopies,15 ultrasounds, 2 CT scans, 1 MRI, 8 urine cytologies till 1/17. All normal. Do i worry?

I have blood in semen & urine since 4/15 . Got 2 cystoscopies,15 ultrasounds, 2 CT scans, 1 MRI, 8 urine cytologies till 1/17. All normal. Do i worry?

Hematuria: From a cancer standpoint, I do think you have anything to worry about. However, if you persist to have the hematuria. A discussion with a hematologist may be helpful. Certainly sounds like you GU tract has been thoroughly explored. ...Read more

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I have micro hematuria since last year, everytime visiting the washroom there is a micro blood in my urine. I did all required test such as cystoscopy, ultrasound, CT, CBC, urine cytology, kidney function and KUB Xray. Symptoms are testicle disconfot?

I have micro hematuria since last year, everytime visiting the washroom there is a micro blood in my urine. I did all required test such as cystoscopy, ultrasound, CT, CBC, urine cytology, kidney function and KUB Xray. Symptoms are testicle disconfot?

Testicle discomfort: You had all of the tests and what were the results? If you don't know, then set up an appointment with your PCP to find them out. You had a lot of tests done, so you should be able to find out something. ...Read more

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Can pneumonia cause atypical cells in a sputum cytology?

Can pneumonia cause atypical cells in a sputum cytology?

Yes: In short, yes, pneumonia can cause abnormal cells to show up on a sputum cytology- typically we see bacteria or fungus, both possible causes of the pneumonia. Did your doctor or the report tell you exactly what kind of abnormal cells are present? That can say a lot about the source of the abnormal cells. There are numerous other causes for abnormal cells on cytology so talk to your doc to clarify. ...Read more

Cytology (Definition)

Is the study of cells, where they came from, how they work, how ...Read more