The urine culture is used to diagnose a urinary tract infection (UTI) and to identify the bacteria or yeast causing the infection. A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection involving the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra. It’s estimated that one out of every two women will be affected by a UTI, according to WebMD. The Urine Culture Test identifies bacterial pathogens that are present during a urinary tract infection. People with kidney disease or with other conditions that affect the kidneys, such as diabetes or kidney stones, and people with weakened immune systems may be more prone to frequent, repeated and/or complicated UTIs.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as:
• A strong, persistent desire to urinate
• A burning sensation during urination
• A cloudy, strong-smelling urine
• Lower back pain
• Pressure in the lower abdomen and small amounts of blood in the urine.
If the UTI is more severe and/or has spread to the kidneys, it may cause flank pain, high fever, shaking, chills, nausea or vomiting.
Pregnant women without any symptoms are recommended to be screened during the first trimester or first prenatal visit for bacteria in their urine, which could affect the health of the developing baby.
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Culture of urine for bacterial pathogens.
There is no preparation for this test.