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Blood work showed leukocyte esterase, moderate bacteria, and squamous epithelial cells. What does this mean?

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BLOOD WORK SHOWED LEUKOCYYR ESTERASE 1+
WBC 20-40
SQUAMOUS EPITHELIAL CELLS 10=20
BACTERIA MODERATE
RDW 17.9 H CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THIS MEANS
Posted Fri, 7 Sep 2012 in X-ray, Lab tests and Scans
 
 
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 1 hour later
Hi,

Thanks for your query.

Leukocyte esterase (LE) is an enzyme released by WBC (White blood cells) during an infection.WBC's are blood cells involved in defence mechanism.They increase in number when ever there is infection in any part of the body.

LE test is usually used an indicator or a screening test for Gonorrhea.The test is not specific it is also seen positive in infections with other bacteria too.

I presume the rest of the report you typed is of urine test.

If it is so.The test report indicates you have increased WBC count and detection of bacteria.

The next step would be getting a urine culture and antibiotic sensitivity test.Here the bacteria present in the urine is grown in suitable media and then subjected to test to identify the strain .Also the bacteria are subjected to antibiotic sensitivity test by which we could get to know the antibiotic the bacteria is sensitive to.Placing you on the same antibiotic will cure the infection.

Hope I answered your query.

Wish you good health.
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