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

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

Pyuria: 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. ...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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What does white blood cells in urine mean?

What does white blood cells in urine mean?

Leukocytes = WBCs: 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. ...Read more

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Please explain what does white blood cells in urine mean?

Please explain what does white blood cells in urine mean?

White cells in urine: WBC's in urine mean inflammation anywhere in the urine collecting system, starting from the outer part of genitals all the way up to the kidneys. Usualy infection is the frequest cause, but other causes of inflammation like stones, dehydration may cause white cells to show in urine. Get your urine retested after hydration fo further treatmetn options. ...Read more

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Does white blood cells in urine mean herpes ?

Does white blood cells in urine mean herpes ?

Leukocytes = WBCs: 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. ...Read more

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

Pyuria: 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. ...Read more

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

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

Infection: 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. ...Read more

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What does it mean if there are white blood cells in my urine?

What does it mean if there are white blood cells in my urine?

White blood cells: White blood cells are not normally found in the urine. Leukocytes/wbcs indicate that inflammatory/infectious process is occurring, especially if rbcs are not present to support the idea of whole blood in the urine. Lab findings must be taken in a clinical context; we need to know what symptoms, issues, or other info available if any to help evaluate. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have high white blood cells in my urine?

What does it mean if I have high white blood cells in my urine?

White blood cells: The presence of white blood cells suggests inflammation, probably due to infection. ...Read more

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What can it mean having white blood cells in your urine and how should I deal?

What can it mean having white blood cells in your urine and how should I deal?

White cells in Urine: White cells in urine mean inflammation some where in the urinary system. Most commonly it is due to infection, starting from the outer genital area all the way upto the kidneys. Besides infection, other causes of inflammation like stones, anywhere in the urinary system can also cause WBC's in urine. The best thing is to repeat the test after good hydration and persue it with your treating doctor. ...Read more

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What could white blood cells in my blood and two weeks later in my urine mean?

What could white blood cells in my blood and two weeks later in my urine mean?

Possible UTI: White blood cells are not common in the urine unless there is a kidney or bladder infection. You should have another urine test to determine whether bacteria is the cause of your White blood cells in the urine. ...Read more

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I have white blood cells in my urine does it mean I have a infection yet?

I have white blood cells in my urine does it mean I have a infection yet?

How many: Up to maybe 5 white cells in the urine is normal. If there are more in a woman, the first concern is contamination from the vagina. Your physician is the one who needs to decide whether and how to treat a possible urinary tract infection, especially considering your symptoms and signs and whether you have proteinuria to correlate with the white cells. ...Read more

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If there are white blood cells in the urine, does that mean I have an infection or something else?

If there are white blood cells in the urine, does that mean I have an infection or something else?

Could be: Pyuria or elevated wbcs in urine can mean infection, inflammation or stones. Infections can be in the urine, prostate, epididymis or elsewhere. This should be more fully evaluated with a urine culture and a visit to a urologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean when they say that the urine has a lot of blood and white blood cells, but low for nitrates?

What does it mean when they say that the urine has a lot of blood and white blood cells, but low for nitrates?

UTI : White blood cells in urine suggest possible urinary tract infection. Red blood cells could be due to kidney stone, cancer, damage from infection, or even contamination from menstrual flow (in women). Leukocyte esterase and nitrites support diagnosis of uti, whether simple bladder infection (cystitis) or complicated kidney infection (pyelonephritis). Definitive answer is culture & sensitivity. ...Read more

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Doctor said there was traces of blood in my urine and white blood cells. What does this mean?

Doctor said there was traces of blood in my urine and white blood cells. What does this mean?

UTI?: Any wbcs in the urine are abnormal and could indicate early infection somewhere along the urinary tract. Red blood cells in the urine could mean many things: kidney stone, infection, prostate cancer, minor kidney trauma from long distance running.. The fact that both of these are "trace" amounts is reassuring. You can live with the trace reds, but watch for worsening of the trace whites! ...Read more

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What does it mean if there are white blood cells and ketones present in urine?

What does it mean if there are white blood cells and ketones present in urine?

See below: WBC can indicate a urinary tract infection. Ketones are seen when the body metabolizes fat for energy, instead of glucose. This happens during fasting or starvation. It also occurs with alcoholic and diabetic ketoacidosis. The presence of WBC is unrelated to the Ketones in the urine. ...Read more

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What does positive white blood cells and negative nitrites on the urine test mean?

What does positive white blood cells and negative nitrites on the urine test mean?

More information: There is more information on a urinalysis that is needed to know what might be going on. Where there red blood cells, leukocyte esterase, etc? Also, why was the test performed in the first place. Please repost the question with more details. It may be that the specimen was not a 'clean catch' meaning it has some contamination and should be repeated. ...Read more

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What does it mean when I have bacteria, white blood cells, and sqamous epithelia in my urine?

What does it mean when I have bacteria, white blood cells, and sqamous epithelia in my urine?

May be nothing: The positive findings on your urine commonly happens with contaminated urine sample. Unless you did a careful midstream urine catch, which would decrease the chance of having what you found on your urine test. If you are having symptoms of urine infection, a urine culture can help in evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I had a urine test and was told I have no white blood cells. What does this mean? I was passing blood and it burned to urinate.

I had a urine test and was told I have no white blood cells.  What does this mean? I was passing blood and it burned to urinate.

Kidney stones: This probably means you probably do not have an infection but still could have stones in any part of the urinary tract. Make sure to drink a lot (>1 gallon) of water daily. ...Read more

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White blood cells found in urine sample, waiting for urine cultures to come back. What does this mean?

White blood cells found in urine sample, waiting for urine cultures to come back. What does this mean?

Ask the Dr: A few WBC is normal. You neglected to include enough information for any answer. How many WBC? Symptoms? Other findings in urine? Without the answers to these questions the result of the culture is useless. There are varieties of urinary infections. For simple cystitis in a young, sexually active woman, a culture is not indicated. For an elderly woman with no symptoms the culture is useless. ...Read more

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