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What causes bacterial growth in urine?

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Posted on Thu, 28 Jul 2016
Question: My wife just had her blood and urine test. Everything was good except her urine had FEW bacteria and flagged with the letter A. What does this mean?
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Answered by Dr. Matthew J. Mangat (36 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
UTI can be confirmed after doing urine culture.

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXX and welcome to HCM.
As an Urologist,i can understand your concern.

Routine urine test cannot detect,if few bacteria is significant or not.
To diagnose UTI or urinary infection,an urine culture is mandatory.
So the next test to do is, urine culture of a mid stream urine sample.
If that's normal,there's nothing to worry.
You can send the report here,for an expert opinion.

Ensure both of you,drink about 8-10 glasses fluids daily.
Wish you good health.

Dr.Matthew J. Mangat.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Matthew J. Mangat (9 minutes later)
Dr XXXXXXX she will get a urine culture. Thanks.
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Answered by Dr. Matthew J. Mangat (5 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You're welcome.

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX

You're welcome.
Feel free to send the report here and clear all your doubts.

Dr.Matthew J. Mangat.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Matthew J. Mangat (20 hours later)
Dr XXXXXXX our printer is not working so I can't send the entire culture report, but the items on the report that were abnormal were 1. Trace of blood in urine 2. Leukocyte Esterase is large and 3. The white blood cells in the urine is 68, which is high.
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Answered by Dr. Matthew J. Mangat (46 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
culture report shows if bacterial growth is present.

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX

On a culture report,you'll only see,if there's a bacterial growth and if significant.
culture will not show the report you've written.
culture report takes 2 days.
Don't worry,let the proper report come.

Wish you well.
Dr.Matthew J. Mangat.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Matthew J. Mangat (23 hours later)
Dr. XXXXXXX attached is the culture report.
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Answered by Dr. Matthew J. Mangat (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
report not sent.

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX

The report has not been sent.
Kindly send it,for an opinion.

Dr.Matthew J. Mangat.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Priyanka G Raj
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Follow up: Dr. Matthew J. Mangat (9 hours later)
Sorry, we always have a hard time with attachments. I can write the details.

Special Requests Clean Catch Urine

Colony Count Greater than 100,000 cfu/ml

Culture Group B Streptococci ( S. agalactiae ) if
Antimicrobia
susceptibilities are needed
Please contact the Microbiology Lab


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Answered by Dr. Matthew J. Mangat (2 days later)
Brief Answer:
UTI is present.

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX

The culture report does show active UTI. The drug sensitivity report is not sent.
A very effective drug to cure this is Ciprofloxacin, taken twice daily, for a week.

Drink 8-10 glasses of liquids daily.
Wishing her well.

Dr.Matthew J. Mangat.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes bacterial growth in urine?

Brief Answer: UTI can be confirmed after doing urine culture. Detailed Answer: Hello XXXX and welcome to HCM. As an Urologist,i can understand your concern. Routine urine test cannot detect,if few bacteria is significant or not. To diagnose UTI or urinary infection,an urine culture is mandatory. So the next test to do is, urine culture of a mid stream urine sample. If that's normal,there's nothing to worry. You can send the report here,for an expert opinion. Ensure both of you,drink about 8-10 glasses fluids daily. Wish you good health. Dr.Matthew J. Mangat.