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What does it mean when you have leukocytes in your urine?

What does it mean when you have leukocytes in your urine?

Possible infection: Leukocytes help fight off infections, so when seen in the urine, it may be a sign of a possible urinary tract infection (uti). ...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 it mean to have protein and leukocytes in your urine?

Leukocytes ; protein: This means there is a source of protein ; white blood cells in the urine. The meaning of this needs to be looked at with any other lab abnormalities, signs/symptoms, clinical context. If nothing else abnormal, then wbcs with protein is entering your urine in some way. Are there symptoms like burning with urine, flank pain, recent infection, etc? See your doctor for more assistanc. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a trace of leukocytes in your urine?

What does it mean to have a trace of leukocytes in your urine?

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. If you are having symptoms or other issues you may want to see your doctor for further assistance. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have leukocytes and ketones in your urine?

What does it mean when you have leukocytes and ketones in your urine?

Urine results: Leukocytes/white blood cells indicate that inflammatory/infectious process is occurring, especially if rbcs are not present to support the idea of whole blood in the urine. Ketones are breakdown products of fats/fatty acids & seen in fasting or starvation. Lab findings must be taken in a clinical context; we would need to know what symptoms, issues, or other info available if any to help evaluate. ...Read more

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What does having a trace of leukocyte esterase urine mean?

What does having a trace of leukocyte esterase urine mean?

Usually normal: Leukocyte esterase released by lysed neutrophils and macrophages is a surrogate marker of the presence of white blood cells (WBCs). Leukocyte esterase suggests that there are white blood cells in the urine. Trace means few WBC produced small amount of leucocyte esterase ...Read more

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All urine results, neg, but LEUKOCYTE ESTERASE shows MODERATE. What does this mean? Last time it was SMALL/Clear. This time MODERATE/SLIGHTLY-CLOUDY.

All urine results, neg, but LEUKOCYTE ESTERASE shows MODERATE. What does this mean? Last time it was SMALL/Clear. This time MODERATE/SLIGHTLY-CLOUDY.

Urinalysis: Cloudy urine and urine containing white blood cells (leukocytes) don't necessarily signify a urinary tract infection. The white cells may be contaminants from a vaginal infection or discharge. A clean catch urine culture would rule in or out a urinary tract infection. If you have a vaginal discharge, see your gynecologist and he/she can order any appropriate urinary tests if no vaginal infection ...Read more

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Positive leukocyte esterase in urine. Does that mean UTI?

Generally: Yes it does. BUT... while it certainly means some wbc's in urine, this may or may not be worth treating. Certainly if there are symptoms or a lot of wbc or a change in kidney function. But if it is entirely asymptomatic. then. Not so sure. ...Read more

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I have leukocyte estrerase positive in urine report. Wbc range is also 0-5 present. What its mean. I have also tiny concretions in kidney ultrasound repo?

I have leukocyte estrerase positive in urine report. Wbc range is also 0-5 present. What its mean. I have also tiny concretions in kidney ultrasound repo?

Uncertain findings: The issue is whether you have any urinary symptoms at this time? If not, it is likely unimportant. If you do, you may receive an empiric abx treatment or further evaluation ...Read more

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Hi I had a urine test and had positive leukocyte esterase. No other symptoms. Can it mean anything other than a UTI or could it be lab error?

Hi I had a urine test and had positive leukocyte esterase. No other symptoms. Can it mean anything other than a UTI or could it be lab error?

Bacteria: It means you have bacteria in your urine sample. It could mean a UTI, but it also could just be a contaminant, like cells from your skin. If it was a very small amount, and the rest of your urine test was normal, than probably nothing. ...Read more

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What do these test results mean? CO2 20 LO, ALT 36 HI, MPV 12.1 HI, Ketone, Urine 3+, 80 mg/dL, *Leukocyte Esterase MODERATE *, WBC, Urine 5-10 HI

What do these test results mean? CO2 20 LO, ALT 36 HI, MPV 12.1 HI, Ketone, Urine 3+, 80 mg/dL, *Leukocyte Esterase MODERATE *, WBC, Urine 5-10 HI

Discuss results: The Dr who ordered the test needs to provide feedback to you in a way that clarifies the impact on your Dx and Tx options. It should make sense to you or it is not a finished piece of work. Get a consult and perhaps bring someone along to help you understand and remember the details. ...Read more

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Does an urinalysis report of: leukocyte esterase 1+, urine WBC 6-10 and squamous epithelial cells 0-5 mean an infection?

Does an urinalysis report of: leukocyte esterase 1+, urine WBC 6-10 and squamous epithelial cells 0-5 mean an infection?

Not necessarily: Voided (vs. Catheterized) urine specimens in women are potentially subject to contamination. Urine culture is the definitive method of determining the presence of infection. Another important point is that in older women in the absence of symptoms, this kind of urine abnormality alone or even a positive culture should not be treated with antibiotics (asymptomatic bacteriuria). ...Read more

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Had urinalysis. Leukocyte+1 blood trace, rbc 1-5, wbc, 1-5, epithelial **, bacteria few, urine comment yeast. What does this all, mean no symptoms.?

Had urinalysis. Leukocyte+1 blood trace, rbc 1-5, wbc, 1-5, epithelial **, bacteria few, urine comment yeast. What does this all, mean no symptoms.?

Contaminated urine: This goes along with your culture result: a urine specimen contaminated with vaginal fluid. It means nothing. If you have symptoms, discuss them with your doctor -- but this urine specimen doesn't say anything about the cause. ...Read more

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What would cause there to be a leukocyte trace in your urine?

What would cause there to be a leukocyte trace in your urine?

Leukocyte s & Urine: This sounds like a bladder infection. You shoud have been treated by the doctor testing your urine. ...Read more

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Hi I have just dipsticked my urine it show ph of 9 and leukocyte is this anything to worry about.

Hi I have just dipsticked my urine it show ph of 9 and leukocyte is this anything to worry about.

Stone?: Some bacteria like Proteus associated with Struvite stones produce an enzyme called Urease which increases urine pH and can produce white cells or leukocytes in the urine. This is one possibility. The second is that you are taking a medication that alkalinizes urine. Please review your med list. ...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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Hi my urine is showing positive leukocyte Estrada +3 also also 20/40 WBC any ifnfo would be greta?

Hi my urine is showing positive leukocyte Estrada +3 also also 20/40 WBC any ifnfo would be greta?

Infection: Those findings are concerning for infection. Knowing the rest of the results of the uti analysis as well as the results of a urine culture would help in finalizing the diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Is there anything besides uti's that cause a high leukocyte count in urine?

Is there anything besides uti's that cause a high leukocyte count in urine?

Pyuria: Pyuria or high WBC in the urine can occur from a variety of conditions, some are related to stones or crystals, some from inflammation of the bladder wal and some from urinary tract infections. A urologist can help you. ...Read more

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Urine has ph of 9.0 blood leukocyte and nitrates? What can this indicate?

Urine has ph of 9.0 blood leukocyte and nitrates? What can this indicate?

Urinalysis: These urinalysis findings are suspicious of a urinary tract infection, but for diagnosis a clean catch urine has to be sent for culture and colony count. ...Read more

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UTI- took macro last month for 5 days did urine test last week showed trace of leukocyte why?

Urine dip help: You report you took abx 1 month ago and did a urine dip that was trace positive for leukocytes. Of importance -- did you have any sxs of UTI at either of these times? Is urine dip +ve for leuk esterase or leukocytes? Any other cells? If + leukocytes and other cells and sxs, would get C&S and treat with appropriate abx. If just trace leuk est and no other cells or sxs, would follow and consult GYN. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my leukocyte esterase result was 500 and blood number in urine was 25? If so what could be problem?

Should I be concerned if my leukocyte esterase result was 500 and blood number in urine was 25? If so what could be problem?

Infection: Elevated leukocyte esterase and blood in the urine can indicate infection. Hopefully your doctor sent the urine for a culture and sensitivity to find out the cause of the infection. ...Read more

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For 9 months consistently I am flagged with my urine tests at over 500 for the leukocyte esterase, I’m usually also flagged for nitrates being hi.

For 9 months consistently I am flagged with my urine tests at over 500 for the leukocyte esterase, I’m usually also flagged for nitrates being hi.

Need more info: Why were the tests done? Do you have any symptoms? All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Talk to the doctor who ordered the tests.
The two results you mentioned are markers for urinary infection.
Wish you 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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I had a blood test and urine test. Everything was normal, but my urine test showed leukocyte esterase said small (1+) (negative)a. I took another one he said 99% it will be fine. I'm freaking out.

I had a blood test and urine test. Everything was normal, but my urine test showed leukocyte esterase said small (1+) (negative)a. I took another one he said 99% it will be fine. I'm freaking out.

Not to worry: The urine dip test is only a screening test. In women, it is not unusual to find a small quantity of leukocyte esterase in the urine which can be from vaginal contamination.
A urine culture is the definitive test for urinary tract infection. In the worst case scenario if you culture is positive, a short course of antibiotic is usually all that is needed to cure it. ...Read more

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How abnormal is 5-10 for WBC in a urine test? I am curious about a small abnormality on my physical: the results of the urine chem/microscopy say “trace” of leukocyte esterase (reference range: negative) and a “flag” says ab. Following that the WBC is “ab

How abnormal is 5-10 for WBC in a urine test? I am curious about a small abnormality on my physical: the results of the urine chem/microscopy say “trace” of leukocyte esterase (reference range: negative) and a “flag” says ab. Following that the WBC is “ab

A: A few white blood cells in the urine of a female patient is very common, especially if the urine sample was not collected in particular manner. If a physician is interested in getting urine from a woman's bladder that has not been contaminated by passing through the vagina, which normally contains bacteria and white blood cells, the sample should be collected by asking the woman to use a antiseptic towelette to wipe the vagina while spreading the inner labia, then to urinate into the toilet for a second, stop urinating, then urinate into the specimen cup.

If you didn't collect the urine in this manner, then it's more than likely that the white blood cells are from the vagina, not the bladder as are the bacteria and the leuk esterase. If it is noted that there were squamous epithelial cells in the urine, then it's even more likely, because those cells are found only in the vagina, not the bladder.

Back pain is a common symptom, and occasionally it is the sole symptom of a urinary tract infection, but not usually. Most of the time people with utis will have pain on urination or frequency of urination, fevers, or pain on the sides of their back.

If you have any of these (fever, urinary pain or frequency, or pain on the sides of your back) or if the middle back pain persists for more than a week, you should see a doctor.

But the biggest thing here is, the physician who ordered the urine test should be available and eager to answer your question. ...Read more

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Why does leukocyte show up in my urine test at the doctors when the tests come back from the lab as normal?

Why does leukocyte show up in my urine test at the doctors when the tests come back from the lab as normal?

Specimen collection?: Maybe a difference in collection technique, such as a better "clean catch" specimen on the one that went to the lab. Or a difference in testing methods. The result from the lab probably is more likely to be reliable. Check back with your doctor if you have symptoms that suggest urinary tract infection or otherwise uncertain. ...Read more

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I have high ketones norm bg, high urobilinogen, mild leukocyte in urine do I need to go to er?

I have high ketones norm bg, high urobilinogen, mild leukocyte in urine do I need to go to er?

Urinalysis: Leukocytes in the urine are associated with urinary tract infection. It is best to see a doctor for evaluation and treatment, whether primary care physician, urgent care, or emergency room. ...Read more