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What is a urine dipstick test?

What is a urine dipstick test?

Urine dipstick: The urine dipstick has squares which 'turn color' when certain chemicals in the urine are present in various amounts (graded 0-->4+). It can show: state of hydration (spec. Grav.), kidney disease (protein), diabetes (sugar/ketones) , stone/tumor (blood), liver disease (bilirubin), infection (white cells/nitrite). A complete urinalysis includes dipstick and microscopic exam. ...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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What would normally happen, if a urine dipstick test shows ''traces'' of protein? Will my doctor then recommend a repeated test? Or will he ignore it?

What would normally happen, if a urine dipstick test shows ''traces'' of protein? Will my doctor then recommend a repeated test? Or will he ignore it?

Overall picture: Depends on what he was testing the urine for and what illness you have. He may want you to provide a morning urine. ...Read more

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I had a urine dipstick test done and it showed white blood cells. Is this definitely a UTI or something more serious. ?

I had a urine dipstick test done and it showed white blood cells. Is this definitely a UTI or something more serious. ?

Definitely unsure.: WBC in the urine could be evident of an infection. Could be an inflammatory issue. Could be nothing. If the analysis showed only WBCs, then a formal urinalysis with microscopy as well as a urine culture should be sent, which would give you much more accurate results than the dipstick. ...Read more

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What is normal PH level in urine when doing dipstick test ?

What is normal PH level in urine when doing dipstick test ?

Urine is acidic: There isn't a lower level of acidity. But NOT acidic is NOT normal. 7 is neutral so, 6.5 or below is normal. ...Read more

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What does blood ++++ (plus 4) mean in urine dipstick test?

What does blood ++++ (plus 4) mean in urine dipstick test?

Blood...: It means that a significant amount of blood was present in the urine. If you were going through, had recently finished or about to start your period this could be the reason. However, there are other reason like infection, kidney stones, irritation. You would need to follow up with your doctor on the results if having your period was not the reason. ...Read more

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I had dipstick urine test everything else was negative expect blood shows +/- intact. What does it mean?

I had dipstick urine test everything else was negative expect blood shows +/- intact. What does it mean?

Repeat: I'm going to assume this is not just contamination from your monthly cycle. This will probably be repeated and maybe worked up if positive. Several percent of folks have hematuria for no reason that anyone can determine -- often it's from a particular gene, and it doesn't result in problems. ...Read more

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Urine dipstick test showed PH 6. All other negative. Is 6 good or bad? Am I dying of kidney problems? Pls help. I checked it at home

Urine pH 6 is normal: PH 6 is very mildly acid & almost certainly good. Phs of between 5 & * are normal. PH 5 is more acid & is most common pH. PH 7 is neutral, i.e. neither acidic nor alkaline & same pH as water. PH 8 is slightly alkaline, & in most cases normal. Thus U R not dying of kidney problems. Hope this puts a smile on your face! ...Read more

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Cloudy urine for 1week, tested at docs (dipstick analysis), he said my urine was fine albeit cloudy, the test was negative/normal, why is cloudy?

Cloudy urine for 1week, tested at docs (dipstick analysis), he said my urine was fine albeit cloudy, the test was negative/normal, why is cloudy?

Entirely normal: Same questioner as 2 days ago (?). Same reply: Cloudy urine is not abnormal if it occurs without other symptoms like painful urination, urgency, or discharge. It's due to intake of fluids, various foods, etc. Cloudiness usually is from microscopic phosphate crystals; you can check this possibility by adding a few drops of vinegar to a urine sample, which probably will turn it crystal clear. ...Read more

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Why would someone need a leukocyte esterase urine dipstick test?

Why would someone   need a leukocyte esterase urine dipstick test?

Urinary infection: Leukocyte esterase is a surrogate marker for the presence of white blood cells in the urine and usually indicates urinary infection. ...Read more

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A home urine dipstick test indicates small amount of bilirubin what would this indicate? And do I need to see my gp? Or is normal to have some?

A home urine dipstick test indicates small amount of bilirubin what would this indicate? And do I need to see my gp? Or is normal to have some?

Urine bilirubin: It is abnormal to have dipstick positive for bilirubin. It means that bilirubin is being produced by liver and excreted by kidney. You need liver function blood tests. You need to see your doctor for good medical history and thorough physical examination. Please also read jaundice- http://doctorrajput.Com thanks. ...Read more

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Was wondering IG the gp's office dipstick urine tests enough for discounting nephritis?

Was wondering IG the gp's office dipstick urine tests enough for discounting nephritis?

Diastick proteinuria: A dip stick is not the conclusive test to rule out proeinuria (p). You will need to have a 24 hour urine collection to see the amount of p you have. The normal amount of p is. ...Read more

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If dipstick urine test shows 15 mg of protein nearly evertime I test, it is a sign of kidney damage or disease?

If dipstick urine test shows 15 mg of protein nearly evertime I test, it is a sign of kidney damage or disease?

What is difference: At 36 spilling ( loosing ) protein in the urine is a serious issue , if you are diabetic control your blood sugar levels ,other systemic diseases . See your doctor , may refer you to a neurologist ( kidney specialist ) beside medication advise diet , exercise etc, ...Read more

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Do normal ''standard'' urine dipstick tests measure protein/creatinine ratio? Or do they only calculate protein by mg/dl? Please answer

Do normal ''standard'' urine dipstick tests measure protein/creatinine ratio? Or do they only calculate protein by mg/dl? Please answer

ONLY PROTEIN : Standard urine dipstick only measures protein by colorimetric method. If urine is postive for protein, exclude false positive, eg fever, uti, exercise postural. If positive, quantify it by measuring both protein and creatinine in the urine. . 1+ corresponds to about 200-500 mg/24 hours, a 2+ to 0.5-1.5 gm/24 hours, a 3+ to 2-5 gm/24 hours, and a 4+ represents 7 gm/24 hours or greater. ...Read more

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My husband has had 4 urine tests...2 dipstick showed trace..then 2 microscopic and one clear- trace on second. ultrasound showed small stone.why bl?

My husband has had 4 urine tests...2 dipstick showed trace..then 2 microscopic  and one  clear- trace on second. ultrasound showed small stone.why bl?

Sorry: I don't know what you are asking. Presence or absence of occult blood on dipstick does not prove or disprove stone. I can give you a meaningful answer if you can find out the size and location of your husband's stone.Look forward to finding your question again. ...Read more

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I've been dealing with bubbly urine for 11 days so. Blood and urine tests came back neg. dipsticks positive for protein & blood. What do I do?

I've been dealing with bubbly urine for 11 days so. Blood and urine tests came back neg. dipsticks positive for protein & blood. What do I do?

Drink water plenty: Find out culture ( and sensitivity to antibiotics ) report . Most likely you have urinary bladder infection. Speak to your doctor may Rx you appropriate antibiotics ...Read more

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Will a urinary tract infection show up on dipstick urine test?

Will a urinary tract infection show up on dipstick urine test?

Mostly: Nitrite reagent in dipstick works for most gram negative organisms, but does show gram positive bacteria like enterococcus, staphlococcus or streptococcus etc.. Latter 2 are considered "skin" organisms but can be cause of utis in some, especially subjects on intermittent catheterization. Leucoocte esterase for wbcs in urine usually but, not always reliable. Urine culture is most reliable. ...Read more

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I had trace blood on 2 urine dipstick tests 72hours apart but specimen sent to lab was returned as normal?? Reason for this? Also worried cancer!!

I had trace blood on 2 urine dipstick tests 72hours apart but specimen sent to lab was returned as normal?? Reason for this? 
Also worried cancer!!

See below: There are many causes of small amount of blood in urine, including exercise and women tend to have it more than men. You may consult this site for information: http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/blood-in-urine-causes#1 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Dipstick shows 15 mg(?) of protein in my every morning urine test, but no trace found during days or nights. Is this sign of kidney disease or damage?

Dipstick shows 15 mg(?) of protein in my every morning urine test, but no trace found during days or nights. Is this sign of kidney disease or damage?

Not likely: This sounds like positional proteinuria which is not equivalent with kidney failure. They are likely checking other things with bloodworm that will reflect kidney function too. ...Read more