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What are the differences between urinalyisis and urine culture?

What are the differences between urinalyisis and urine culture?

See answer: Urine analysis is using a dipstick to detect protein , blood etc and also lookig at the urine under a microscope to see cells and othe rsubstances to diagnose kidney problems urine culture is incubating the urine to grow/reveal the type of bacteria to direct treatment. ...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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How do a urinalyisis and a urine culture differ?

How do a urinalyisis and a urine culture differ?

See below : Urineanalayis checks for abnormalities in the urine i.E glucose, blood, protein and white cells which could indicate an infection a culture looks for specific bacteria that is the cause of an infection. ...Read more

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How to interpret urine culture/ urinalysis?

How to interpret urine culture/ urinalysis?

Normal ranges: The urinalysis report should contain a normal reference range for each item tested. If there are any tests that fall out of that range, it will be flagged as abnormal. As far as a urine culture is concerned, if the specimen was collected correctly, any bacteria found would be considered abnormal and should probably be treated, especially if you have symptoms of a urinary tract infection. ...Read more

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Why might there be presence of blood to appear on your urinalysis when the urine culture came back negative?

See below: Infection is only one cause of blood in urine. Others being stones, injury, tumors and blood disorders. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/blood-in-urine/ds01013. ...Read more

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If my urinalysis was normal can a urine culture still show I have a uti?

Yes: Because of this relative insensitivity of dipstick urinalysis, the absence of leukocyte esterase (let) does not rule out urinary tract infection (uti). Similarly, and more common, a positive let on dipstick does not always indicate the presence of a uti. A urine culture should generally be done when symptoms suggest the presence of a UTI regardless of the urinalysis results. ...Read more

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Can a positive urine culture with group b strep, but normal urinalysis confirm a UTI? Or likely to not be a UTI?

Can a positive urine culture with group b strep, but normal urinalysis confirm a UTI? Or likely to not be a UTI?

Confirm a UTI: Group B strep is usually a gut bacteria. If there are symptoms such as burning on urination foul-smelling urine for the positive culture it is most likely a urinary tract infection. Urinalysis probably would show a positive leukocyte esterase test. The culture is usually the goal stand it if it is greater than 100,000 colonies. ...Read more

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Can you have a UTI when urinalysis negative, but urine culture positive for group b strep?

Can you have a UTI when urinalysis negative, but urine culture positive for group b strep?

Perhaps......: The finding of bacteria in the urine without accompanying symptoms is referred to as asymptomatic bacteriuria. Whether or not to treat this should be discussed with your physician, especially if you are pregnant. ...Read more

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Hwbc & lrbc in a urinalysis and blood? I did have a UTI at the time. My urine culture was normal. Should i be worried?

Hwbc & lrbc in a urinalysis and blood? I did have a UTI at the time. My urine culture was normal. Should i be worried?

Incomplete info: All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the position to do that. It would be helpful to look at the actual lab results. Blood in urine is something to be concerned about and you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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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