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Well . . . yes and no and yes and no . . . and it depends.
Most labs will find for a UTI IF the culture comes back with a colony of 100,000 count or more for bacteria; some labs will find the culture positive with a 50,000 count.
Some folks, especially females will have a negative culture but still be symptomatic and have a UTI; others will have persistent symptoms and repeat cultures will show an increase in the number of bacteria.
Since the technical update on the Message Board, I can no longer get links copied in but I will give you the following, it is a very detailed and interesting article from Oxford. (British spellings.) It really describes a lot and also discusses false positives in males who have not been circumcised and recommend retracting the foreskin when obtaining a urine sample.
Go to: ndt.oxfordjournal.org/content/14/11/2746.long
The title of the article is; "Common Errors In Diagnosing And Management of Urinary Tract Infections."
The article states that dipstick testing is pretty reliable. And by the way; when we give the urine sample in the doctor's office, they use a dipstick and if negative we are told no UTI. If the dipstick indicates the presence of bacteria, THEN the urine is sent to a lab for culture which takes 72 hours to get results back.
Best of luck,
This graphic is such an awesome demonstration that I tried to copy it. Unfortunately, since the update of the Message Board system, I can no longer place or copy anything into or off of this site.
Do you recall where you found this? If so, if you can share, I'd love to find this and keep a copy.
Again, thank you again for sharing this with us.
I’m always looking for activities I can
do with mom so I can help her feel involved. One thing that works well is folding
towels and clothes (there’s a never-ending supply!). I also have her tear lettuce
and snap green beans – things that she can do by touch. None of it has to be perfect,
and it passes the time.
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