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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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Could I have a UTI even though I have no symptoms? I have very few white blood cells in urine.

Could I have a UTI even though I have no symptoms? I have very few white blood cells in urine.

Yes: The symptoms associated with a UTI can vary widely, from frequency, to urgency, to dysuria, hesitancy, retention, nausea, fever and chills, etc. A urinary tract infection can also be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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No appetite, weight loss, white blood cells in urine but no signs of UTI. Whats wrong??

No appetite, weight loss, white blood cells in urine but no signs of UTI. Whats wrong??

Still likely a UTI: You could still have a urinary tract infection (without the most common symptoms of dysuria/pain/frequency/.....), but you should also be examined for more serious conditions such as a renal inflammation (glomerulonephritis/pyelonephritis/....), or a subclinical infection (tuberculosis of the urinary tract can present as "sterile" pyuria). ...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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My daughter was tested for UTI came back as no UTI but has a little blood and white blood cells in her urine what is going on?

My daughter was tested for UTI came back as no UTI but has a little blood and white blood cells in her urine what is going on?

Uti: make sure the urine is cultured and not just the dipstix white cells and redcells indicates irritation make sure she is not taking bubble baths or sitting in soapy water! increase fluid intake and that might help a lot ...Read more

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I took 3 Azo UTI tests which all tested positive for white blood cells, went to urgent care and test was neg but blood was in my urine...?

I took 3 Azo UTI tests which all tested positive for white blood cells, went to urgent care and test was neg but blood was in my urine...?

Culture: The definitive diagnostic test for urinary infection is urine culture. If you have a urine culture and it is negative and you still have red or white blood cells in your urine, you should see a urologist. ...Read more

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White blood cells and low pH in my urine sample after being diagnosised with an UTI an finished Taking ciprofloxacin for a week. What could I have?

White blood cells and low pH in my urine sample after being diagnosised with an UTI an finished Taking ciprofloxacin for a week. What could I have?

Urine infection: Bladder infections in some women can be very stubbord especially if you have "interstitial" infection . See a urologist with special expertise in GYN/UROLOGY Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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What does it mean my white blood cells is up in my urine? What kind of infection could it be. My doctor said my uti is clear

What does it mean my white blood cells is up in my urine? What kind of infection could it be. My doctor said my uti is clear

Pyuria: White cells in your urine can come from anywhere in your genitourinary system to include the vagina and paravaginal area. My suggestion: go to your doctor and get a urine after thoroughly cleaning the entire area around your urethra and while voiding, spread your labia so that the urine goes from bladder into cup and get urine in the cup after you start peeing, not right away. ...Read more

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I had a UTI last month. My doctor said he found a lot of white blood cells in my urine and asked me if i vaginal discharge. What does that mean?

I had a UTI last month. My doctor said he found a lot of white blood cells in my urine and asked me if i vaginal discharge. What does that mean?

Urinalysis: When a urine specimen contains wbcs they may have come from the urine, or the urine may have been contaminated by vaginal secretions or discharge. Your doctor is trying to determine the source of the wbcs. If you gave a clear midstream catch urine it is not likely that they came from the vagina. ...Read more

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Burning during urination for 3-4 days . Went to doctor. Blood in urine no longer detectable visually. Red and white blood cells detected during preliminary urine analysis. Received ciprofloxacin to treat a potential UTI. Doctor did not do a physical exami

Burning during urination for 3-4 days . Went to doctor. Blood in urine no longer detectable visually. Red and white blood cells detected during preliminary urine analysis. Received ciprofloxacin to treat a potential UTI. Doctor did not do a physical exami

Not much to do: When the symptoms are classic urinary tract infection and the urinalysis is also agreeing, there really isn't much of a physical exam that is necessary. if you were also having significant vaginal symptoms - discharge, burning, pain with intercourse, fever and pelvic pain, then certainly a pelvic exam should also be done. ...Read more

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My daughter had a urine done recently due to UTI symptoms it showed 93 WBC 1198 red blood cells no nitrates cultures grew ecoli possible causes?

My daughter had a urine done recently due to UTI symptoms it showed 93 WBC 1198 red blood cells no nitrates cultures grew ecoli possible causes?

See below: The most common cause of utis is e. Coli. The e. Coli comes from the intestinal tract. Some times girls wipe the wrong way. Also, children, do not always have nitrates in their urine, when they have a uti. ...Read more

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If red blood cells in urine sample are higher then normal [68.20 ] ; remaining urine test was normal; does this mean I had UTI or some thing eles?

Maybe not UTI: red cells in the urine , can be from trauma, kidney disease or disease of the urinary tract. They do not often appear in UTIs without White blood cells. I suggest that you have the test repeated and discuss the results with your physician. The most common cause is contamination of the urine with menstrual blood ...Read more

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Can taking 1antibiotic &1 Cipro (ciprofloxacin) reduce white blood cell count in urine? Went to doc for UTI after taking those &said there weren't many Wh blood cells

Can taking 1antibiotic &1 Cipro (ciprofloxacin) reduce white blood cell count in urine? Went to doc for UTI after taking those &said there weren't many Wh blood cells

Here are some ...: It seemed you took 2 antibiotics since Cipro (ciprofloxacin) itself is an antibiotic. Finding WBC in urine suggests the presence of inflammation caused by bacteria, virus, stone, tumors, foreign body, after recent procedures, catheter, contamination at urine collection, etc., not necessarily by bacterial infection alone. Antibiotic is good only for the bacteria sensitive to it, not for anything else. So, don't... ...Read more

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Does your uterus shed blood cells before your menustral starts is that why I had small trace of blood in urine. No uti or anything else.

Does your uterus shed blood cells before your menustral starts is that why I had small trace of blood in urine. No uti or anything else.

It depends: Menstruation does not just turn on like a faucet. So there maybe a little bit of menstrual bleeding just before the full menstrual cycle begins. The small trace of blood could also be from small tears in the vaginal walls after intercourse. Or the blood might be coming from the bladder, or kidneys due to infections. So it all depends. If you have painful urination or burning than see a doc. ...Read more

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Does white blood cells always show positive on test strip for uti?

Does white blood cells always show positive on test strip for uti?

No: The tests strips for uti's are not that accurate. You really need a first morning void and the specimen can be contaminated by vaginal secretions which often have white blood cells in them. Positive nitrites in urine are more suggestive of a urinary tract infection. ...Read more

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If you test positive for white blood cells with UTI test are you blood cells low or high?

If you test positive for white blood cells with UTI test are you blood cells low or high?

No correlation: White blood cells in the urine are an indicator of inflammation or infection somewhere within the urinary tract. Common causes include bladder infections and kidney stones. But this does not predict or correlate with the concentration of any type of cells in the blood. ...Read more

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Can you have a UTI without showing nitrates or white blood cells on a test strip?

Can you have a UTI without showing nitrates or white blood cells on a test strip?

Yes: I often see infections where urine dip is negative; esp. Klebsiella... Reccomend follow up with md for culture. ...Read more

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10 month old had 2 uti's , had symptoms for #3 in less 2 months.. On meds. Culture neg, waiting to do tests could teething cause high white blood cells?

10 month old had 2 uti's , had symptoms for #3 in less 2 months.. On meds. Culture neg, waiting to do tests could teething cause high white blood cells?

No: Teething does not cause an elevation of your white blood cell count. An elevated WBC count a this age is almost always due to an infection somewhere, and with a history of uti's already i would be looking in this area. It could be a kidney abcess, blood infection, or infection totally somewhere else in the body. There are other more rare causes of elevated wbc's, but teething is not one of them. ...Read more

Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more