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Diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
If you think you have a urinary tract infection (UTI), your doctor will want to discuss your medical history and current symptoms. A physical exam will be done. You will be asked to provide a clean catch urine specimen. You will start by cleaning the area around the urethra with wipes. This area is the tip of the penis in men and between the labia in women. Then, you will begin urinating in the toilet, then stop and continue urinating into a sterile specimen cup.
Urine tests include:
More extensive testing of the urinary system may be needed for men or children who develop UTIs. Additionally, if your doctor is concerned that you have any structural problems with your urinary tract system, or other conditions such as urinary stones, vesicoureteral reflux, enlarged prostate, tumors, or polyps, you may be asked to have further testing.
Such testing may include:
Urinary tract infections in adults. American Urological Association Foundation website. Available at: http://www.urologyhealth.org/ . Updated January 2011. Accessed August 22, 2013.
Urinary tract infections in adults. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/utiadult/ . Updated May 24, 2012. Accessed August 22, 2013.
Last reviewed September 2013 by Adrienne Carmack, MD
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