Urine Culture Test, Routine
The Urine Culture Test, Routine, detects bacteria and yeast in a urine sample to help diagnose a urinary tract infection (UTI).
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Urine Culture Test, Routine, which detects bacteria and yeast in a urine sample to help diagnose a urinary tract infection (UTI). Urine culture tests are usually ordered if an individual showcases symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) or when a urinalysis (UA) test indicates a UTI. This is because urine culture tests help confirm the diagnosis of a urinalysis test by detecting the specific bacteria or yeasts causing the infection. In addition, if a urine culture is positive, susceptibility testing may be done to determine which antibiotics will inhibit the growth of the microbe causing the infection. The results will help the doctor determine which drugs will most effectively treat the infection.
Individuals may also use this test as part of a routine checkup if they are admitted to the hospital, before having surgery, or if they are pregnant. It can also monitor the progression of medical conditions and the effectiveness of treatments.
When should I order a Urine Culture Test, Routine?
Individuals may order this panel if they have experienced the symptoms of a UTI. Common signs or symptoms of a UTI include the following:
- A frequent urge to urinate
- Pain or a burning sensation during urination
- Cloudy, strong-smelling urine
- Lower back pain
In addition, this panel may help screen pregnant women for asymptomatic bacteriuria, a condition in which substantial amounts of bacteria are in the urine but do not cause symptoms. Approximately 2-10% of pregnant women in the U.S. have this condition which can result in a more severe kidney infection and an increased risk of preterm delivery and low birth weight.
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