Urine microscopy and culture
Last updated: Sunday, 28, May, 2006
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Midstream or 'clean catch' urine, catheter or bladder aspirate specimen in a sterile container sent to the laboratory immediately, or refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
Phase microscopy of uncentrifuged urine; quantitative cultures, specific identification of significant isolates, antibiotic susceptibility testing.
Dysuria/frequency, cystitis, urinary tract infection, screening in pregnancy, post-partum fever, epididymo-orchitis, or unexplained fever.
Urine microscopy and culture may not be necessary before commencing treatment in simple urinary tract infections in young women.
Investigation of renal and urinary tract disease and renal involvement in systemic disease.
Other microscopic findings:
Ringsrud KM and Linné JJ. Urinalysis and Body Fluids. Mosby 1995.
Pezzlo M. Clin Microbiol Rev. 1998; 1: 268-280.