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I was told to take a urine sample and bring it in the next day will the temperature effect what they are testing for?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: It depends.

This would depend on how high the temperature is/was where it was kept, and what is being tested.
Apparently, if it was not artificially heated, and was kept at a reasonable temperatture, like room temp. Or lower, it should not be affected for most urine values. However, the big issue with temperature is if high, it might cause growth of bacteria, which can be a big factor if testing for uti.

In brief: It depends.

This would depend on how high the temperature is/was where it was kept, and what is being tested.
Apparently, if it was not artificially heated, and was kept at a reasonable temperatture, like room temp. Or lower, it should not be affected for most urine values. However, the big issue with temperature is if high, it might cause growth of bacteria, which can be a big factor if testing for uti.
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Dr. George Klauber
I agree. Urine for culture should be kept cold in the refrigerator, otherwise checking for electrolytes etc. i.e Calcium and creatine in stone formers is unaffected.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
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In brief: Absolutely

Urine samples taken at home should be immediately refrigerated (& labled) to prevent false levels for bacteria counts.
If you can transport the specimen in a cooler chest with ice packs, that will help, too.

In brief: Absolutely

Urine samples taken at home should be immediately refrigerated (& labled) to prevent false levels for bacteria counts.
If you can transport the specimen in a cooler chest with ice packs, that will help, too.
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology

In brief: No it won't

Bring it in.

In brief: No it won't

Bring it in.
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