Urine, Culture

 The Urine Culture is performed to diagnose or confirm an infection in the urinary tract (the kidneys, bladder, or urethra, which is the tube that drains urine out of the body).

A urine culture may be ordered when symptoms indicate the possibility of a urinary tract infection, such as pain and burning when urinating and frequent urge to urinate. Antibiotic therapy may be prescribed without requiring a urine culture for symptomatic young women who have an uncomplicated lower urinary tract infection. If there is suspicion of a complicated infection or symptoms do not respond to initial therapy, then a culture of the urine is recommended. Pregnant women without any symptoms may be screened for bacteria in their urine, which could affect the health and development of the fetus.

A urine culture may be ordered with a urinalysis or as follow up to abnormal results on a urinalysis.

Estimated time to receive results is 2-4 business days.

Preparation: You will be asked to provide a "clean catch" urine specimen at the Patient Service Center. At the Patient Service Center, a technician will provide you with a container, instructions and a private lavoratory for the collection. This test is best with early morning urine.

These are not intended as diagnostic comments, but only to give you sufficient information for further discussion with your physician. It is important that you promptly consult your physician regarding any abnormal findings.

Please be advised, that our services are strictly self pay and are not eligible for submission as a claim to your health insurance provider. However, you can submit the receipt for reimbursement to many Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts for reimbursement.

For more Information on any of your lab test results

  • Consult your physician
  • Review the information on the independent, non-profit web site: www.labtestsonline.org  

These are not intended as diagnostic comments, but only to give you sufficient information for further discussion with your physician. It is important that you promptly consult your physician regarding any abnormal findings.

 

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