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Diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
|Male Urinary System|
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- Urine dip—This is often done right in your doctor’s office. A dipstick coated with special chemicals is dipped into the urine sample, and areas on it change color to indicate the presence of blood, pus, bacteria, or other materials. This is a quick, but general, test.
- Microscopic urinalysis—The urine is examined under a microscope for the presence and quantity of things such as red blood cells, white blood cells (pus), and bacteria. This is a more accurate way to diagnose a UTI.
- Urine culture and sensitivity test—A urine sample is sent to a laboratory to see if bacteria will grow. When the bacteria have been identified, an appropriate antibiotic can be prescribed, or your doctor can make sure that you are on the right antibiotic.
Urinary tract infections in adults. American Urological Association Foundation website. Available at: http://www.urologyhealth.org/ . Updated January 2011. Accessed August 22, 2013.
Urinary tract infections in adults. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/utiadult/ . Updated May 24, 2012. Accessed August 22, 2013.
- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014