will the results of urine C & S tell me?
results: Normally, no more than a small number
of germs will be present in the urine if there's no infection.
test: Bacteria are present in levels less than
test: Positive: Bacteria are present in levels
greater than 100,000/ml
larger number of germs are present, the laboratory technician
or pathologist will use a microscope or chemical tests to
determine the specific types growing in the culture. The
technician also may run tests to determine which medications
will be most effective if the doctor diagnoses an infection.
is the urine C & S test done?
Collecting the specimen should only take a few minutes.
You will be asked to urinate into a clean sample cup / bottle
in the doctor's office or the laboratory. You will then
urinate into the toilet, stop momentarily, and then urinate
again into the collection container. Catching the urine
in "midstream" is the goal.
there any special precautions or preparations?
The container shouldn't touch your skin. Be sure to wash
your hands before and after this process. Sometimes it's
preferable to collect a sample first thing in the morning
after you awake.
will I get the results?
The results of the urine culture will be available in 1-3
days. Your doctor will go over the results with you and
explain what they mean.
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