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Dr. Evan M. Altman answered:

What does white blood cells in urine mean?

Leukocytes = WBCs

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White blood cells in the urine indicate that an inflammatory or immune system reaction is taking place. Without more information, in terms of other urine or laboratory markers, symptoms, etc. that is about all one can say with regard to this.
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Does white blood cells in urine mean herpes ?

Leukocytes = WBCs

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White blood cells in the urine indicate that an inflammatory or immune system reaction is taking place. Without more information, in terms of other urine or laboratory markers, symptoms, etc. that is about all one can say with regard to this. The presence of WBCs would definitely not be specific for determining if one had Herpes virus.
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Dr. Fred McCurdy answered:

High levels of white blood cells in urine. What could that mean?

Pyuria

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White blood cells in urine usually are there because of an infection in the urinary tract. However, they can also be there in large numbers in a female when there is a vaginal infection or when she is having her period (always see red cells also in this situation). My best advice is to see your doctor and have a urine culture done to see what is going on.
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Dr. Michael E. Ein answered:

What does it mean when there are red blood cells and white blood cells in urine?

Infection

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When there are both alot of RBC's and WBC's in the urine it usually indicates a bacterial infection either cystitis, prostatitis, urethritis or pyelonephritis.
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Dr. Gutti J. Rao answered:

Would a urine culture tell if its a uti or kidney infection? Doc also said white blood cells in urine. Whats that mean? Possibly stones?

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Urine analysis if positive for infection such as positive leukocyte esterace, nitrite, bacteria and wbcs. It does not differentiate between a kidney, bladder or urethral infection. If you see sediment or oxalate crystals or under microscope crystals can be seen. Then stones can be suspected
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What does it mean to have white and red blood cells in urine?

Blood in urine

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Blood is not normally in urine. If there is blood (RBCs and WBCs) in the urine and nothing else abnormal, then blood is entering your urine in some way. Are there symptoms like burning with urine, flank pain, recent infection, etc? In females this is common with recent period. See your doctor for further follow up as this needs to be looked at in a clinical context to be sure everything is good.
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A slightly elevated white blood count and white cells in urine mean what?

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can be due to infection in the kidney called pyelonephritis or severe bladder infection called cystitis.sometimes white cells in the urine may be due to a allergic reaction in the kidney from some medications
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Dr. Sewa Legha answered:

How will I know what does a slightly elevated white blood count and white cells in urine mean?

It could be infectio

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Infections are a common cause of high white blood cell count. White cells in the urine may be due to infection in the urinary tract but sometimes it is simply due to contamination of the urine...so the urince sample needs to be collected cleanly and carefully to avoid contamination.
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When you have high levels of nitrates in urine test but show no white blood cells in the urine test what does this mean?

Probable bacteruria

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Possible to have a UTI without white cells in urine. Nitrite urine test is usually only positive in presence of bacteria. Suggest you get a urine culture to delineate a UTI, identify bacteria & which antibiotics will eliminate them.
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Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj answered:

Found 55count protien and 3 red blood cells in urine what does this mean?

See nephrologist

Repeat urinalysis x 3 times-different time of the day. Must see a kidney specialist. Renal scan is an easy test to rule out many causes. Drink filtered water-8-10 glasses/day Need to find the cause of proteinuria.
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