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Friday, 4 November 2016

UTI’s (Article 7) - Are any tests needed?

UTI’s - Are any tests needed?


In some cases, the diagnosis may be obvious and no tests are needed.

A test on a urine sample can confirm the diagnosis and identify what germ (bacterium) is causing the infection. Sometimes a "dipstick" test can provide enough information immediately. In other cases, the urine sample is sent to a laboratory for further examination under a microscope. This result takes several days.

Further tests are not usually necessary if you are otherwise well and have a one-off infection. However, your doctor may advise tests of your kidney, prostate, or bladder if an underlying problem is suspected.

An underlying problem is more likely if the infection does not clear with antibiotic medication, or if you have:

  • Symptoms that suggest a kidney is infected (and not just the bladder).
  • Recurring urine infections (for example, two or more episodes in a three-month period).
  • Had problems with your kidney in the past, such as kidney stones or a damaged kidney.
  • Symptoms that suggest an obstruction to the flow of urine.
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