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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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Can you see white blood cells in urine?

Can you see white blood cells in urine?

Yes and no: As single cells, the naked eye would not be able to see individual white blood cells. So if there is just a small amount you could not rely on just looking at urine and know with certainty. However, in large groups as pus, white blood cells and other materials can be seen in this way. So large amounts would be more obvious, just like looking at pus around a wound. ...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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What are reasons for white blood cells in urine?

What are reasons for white blood cells in urine?

Infection: White cells (leucocytes) are the bodies way to fight infection. White cells in the urine are due to infection somewhere in the urinary tract. The infection could be in the urethra, bladder or kidney. In males the sexual delivery system could also be infected. Hopefully the specimen containing the white cells was collected properly and if so it could be analyzed for bacterial growth. ...Read more

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What is the cause of white blood cells in urine?

What is the cause of white blood cells in urine?

Usually infection: Urinary infection is commonest cause of white blood cells in urine. Non-infectious causes include drug reaction, and crystals in urine. ...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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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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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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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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Doctor found white blood cells in urine. No pain. What could this be?

White cells in urine: The white cells could represent an early urine infection. A urine culture can be performed to detect infection. Other causes of white cells usually relate to inflammation of the bladder, urethra, or kidney. Further testing by your physician will help to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Are urinary casts and white blood cells in urine the same thing?

Are urinary casts and white blood cells in urine the same thing?

UA FINDINGS: No. White blood cells are leukocytes, also known as neutrophils, and these appear in infection (UTI), and in allergic attack on kidney. Casts are microscopic cylinders of protein, fatty acids, and cellular debris, most commonly. Casts can form from leukoctes that clump as cylinders in the nepron tubules, and casts can form from RBCS, too. Each has a pathologic meaning. ...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.

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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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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Can STDs cause white blood cells in urine?

Can STDs cause white blood cells in urine?

White blood cells: Unlikely to be due to std if present in urine, but in women their presence in urine may be due to contamination by vaginal secretions, depending upon how the urine was collected. Generally, if truly in urine suggests uti. ...Read more

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

No appetite, weight loss, white blood cells in urine but no signs of UTI. What's 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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Epithelial cells and mucus present in urine, normal red blood cells and white blood cells in urine. No symptoms, possible causes?

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

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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For what reason are there no white blood cells in urine with urinary tract infection?

For what reason are there no white blood cells in urine with urinary tract infection?

Unlikely to be the: Case. Only the extreme case of a person with profound leukopenia may one not see white blood cells in urine with urinary tract infection. White cells may not be seen if the urine was not preserved properly and the WBC disintegrated. ...Read more

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White blood cells in urine but urine culture negative. But still have lot of pain while urinating for a 7 yr old male?

White blood cells in urine but urine culture negative. But still have lot of pain while urinating for a 7 yr old male?

Variable causes: If uncircumcised, a trapping of debris under the foreskin can trigger sensitivity or pain. If circ'd, a narrowed outlet may be the issue, with symptoms of a dribble or wild spray with voiding, all should have a strong stream. A visit to a urologist may be worthwhile. ...Read more

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Low grade fever, white blood cells in urine, fatigue, headaches, depression, get ill alot?

Low grade fever, white blood cells in urine, fatigue, headaches, depression, get ill alot?

2 things going on: Possibilities are you could have bladder infection vs interstial cystitis (inflammation) and flu like illness with fatigue and head aches at sam time. ...Read more

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I am experiencing low back pain. I have high blood pressure took on fri 217/97 today it's 174/116 I have cloudy urine and white blood cells in urine?

I am experiencing low back pain. I have high blood pressure took on fri 217/97 today it's 174/116 I have cloudy urine and white blood cells in urine?

Get urinalysis.: Kidney disease may refer pain to the spine, so, check for infection. If that is not it, get a good spine exam ...Read more

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Dr. Found white blood cells in urine under microscope. Dip and culture tests normal. Neg for infection or bac. Ct scan was normal. No stones.?

Dr. Found white blood cells in urine under microscope. Dip and culture tests normal. Neg for infection or bac. Ct scan was normal. No stones.?

Several causes: Ok. White cells in your urine indicates your kidneys/ureters or bladder is inflamed. All inflammation does not necessarily mean bacterial infection. Viruses can cause this too. Now. A ct scan. A ct scan will only show "stones" if they are calcium or mineral based. Cholesterol stones will not show up like this. Interstitial cystitis can also be present exactly as you've described. ...Read more

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I have constant pain in my uterus. White blood cells in urine but no infection. I feel weak and tired. I have been spotting for 9 days?

Any constant pain: Should have an exam by a doctor. There are too many unknowns and too many variables to give you a definative answer on an internet forum. Pain is there for a reason, and usually it is to clue you that something is not right. I also find it confusing for your statement that you have white blood cells in your urine but no infection. Maybe the test is wrong. WBC in urine are not a normal finding ...Read more

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