Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
200 Doctors are Online

Urinalysis done. Found presence of wbc and epithelial cell. Should I be concerned?

Sep 2012
User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2008
Answered : 1416 Questions
Age 65 female with urinalysis testing results indicating:
WBC Esterase 3+ and WBC >30 Epithelial cells (renal) 0-10 plus casts and crystals present. tests shows all 5 items as abnormal; my doctor said everything looks the same as prior test and no medication. Should I be concerned?
Posted Thu, 18 Apr 2013 in X-ray, Lab tests and Scans
Answered by Dr. Das Arindam 29 minutes later

Thank you for posting a query.

Look, your urine examination report indicates WBC esterase and WBC > 30. It indicates an infection in urinary tract. Because we clinically take WBC > 5 as a cut off value for infection.

Increased renal epithelial cells also supports possibility of infection. Casts and crystals are also indicative of the same condition.

So, overall this report is very much indicative of an infection in the genitourinary tract.

You should consult with urologist for a detailed clinical examination and also for clinical correlation of the report. Because, a report is complete only when it is correlated with clinical findings.

In case of clinical suspicion of urinary tract infection, a broad spectrum antibiotic like ciprofloxacin should be taken. After completion of the antibiotic course, repeat the test.

Hope this information suffices. Let me know, if you have any more question.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Radiologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor