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

Dr. Fred McCurdy
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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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Blood cells are individual cells that are carried by blood to various organs. White blood cells fight infection. Red ...Read more


Dr. Shahrooz Eshaghian
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What does it mean if your urine sample has red and white blood cells in it?

Dr. Shahrooz Eshaghian
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UTI vs other: This can represent a urinary tract infection (uti). ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
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What does it mean when there are red blood cells and white blood cells in urine?

Dr. Michael Ein
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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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Dr. Martin Raff
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Significance? Urine- wbc>100/cmm; red blood cells:+++; no growth. Fbc (suggestive of infection)- neutrophil:7.3 10*9/l; mean platelet volume: 12.3fl

Dr. Martin Raff
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Significance? Urine- wbc>100/cmm; red blood cells:+++; no growth. Fbc (suggestive of infection)- neutrophil:7.3 10*9/l; mean platelet volume: 12.3fl

Lab data: These results are meaningless without a clinical history and exam results. Although you have micropyuria and hematuria cannot be sure of the significance without knowing the problems you are investigating and the manner in which the urine was collected. It would be helpful if you provided the remainder of the cbc, but not without expounding on reasons it was done. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Song
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Red and white blood cells in urine. Docs not worried - decided it was endometriosis (without further tests). Should i seek 2nd opinion?

Dr. Jonathan Song
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Red and white blood cells in urine. Docs not worried - decided it was endometriosis (without further tests). Should i seek 2nd opinion?

DEFINITELY!: Red and white blood cells in urine could mean possible bladder infection; urine culture can confirm this. Endometriosis can only be diagnosed by a biopsy or direct visualization (can't biopsy something that you can't see so visualization is required) via laparoscopy. Start with a urine culture; if negative and there is suspicion for endometriosis, see a gynecologist. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Camilla Graham
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I have red and white blood cells in urine but no bacteria. I also have abdominal pain and pain in my sides. Any ideas?

Dr. Camilla Graham
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I have red and white blood cells in urine but no bacteria. I also have abdominal pain and pain in my sides. Any ideas?

Other infection?: Have you been tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia yet? Deep pelvic infections can lead to pain in the abdomen and sides. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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I have hemorrhagic cystitis blood still in my urine. Would it have red and white blood cells if it is coming from kidneys?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Casts: The presence of red and/or white cell in the urine does not help in differentiating the source of kidney vs. Bladder. If red cell or white cell casts are present, those only come from the kidney. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Epithelial cells and mucus present in urine, normal red blood cells and white blood cells in urine .No symptoms , possible causes ?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Need more info: How many red cells and how many white cells? Who asked for the test and why? Lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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Dr. Kalyani Perumal
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Why might it be that red and white blood cells be found in urine with chronic kidney disease?

Dr. Kalyani Perumal
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Seek md opinion: These cells can indicate 1. Urinary infection 2. Kidney injury due to the disease that caused chronic kidney disease 3. Bleeding in the kidney- from stone, cyst, sometimes cancer.This must be investigated by urologist or nephrologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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All STD tests came back negative. I have red and white blood cells in my urine and no bacteria. What could this indicate?i

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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All STD tests came back negative. I have red and white blood cells in my urine and no bacteria. What could this  indicate?i

Maybe nothing: It is all about how many. A few such cells are normal and in a young woman, they are often contaminants. ...Read more

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