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The laboratory diagnosis of urinary tract infection

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Angela Galloway


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Urinary tract infection is common, and it is not surprising that urine specimens make up a large proportion of those samples submitted to the routine diagnostic laboratory. Many of these specimens will show no evidence of infection and several methods can be used to screen out negative samples. Those that grow bacteria need to be carefully assessed to quantify the degree of bacteriuria and hence clinical relevance. To influence treatment, a final report should be produced within 24 hours of specimen receipt, with turnaround times continuously monitored. Much work needs to be done to determine the cost effectiveness involved in processing urine specimens and the evidence base for the final report provided.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Graham JC, Galloway A

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Clinical Pathology

Year: 2001

Volume: 54

Issue: 12

Pages: 911-919

ISSN (print): 0021-9746

ISSN (electronic):


DOI: 10.1136/jcp.54.12.911