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What can urinalysis results show?

Urinalysis can disclose evidence of diseases, even some that have not caused significant signs or symptoms. Therefore, a urinalysis is commonly a part of routine health screening.

Urinalysis is commonly used to diagnose a urinary tract or kidney infection, to evaluate causes of kidney failure, to screen for progression of some chronic conditions such as diabetes mellitus and high blood pressure (hypertension).

It also may be used in combination with other tests to diagnose some diseases. Additional tests and clinical assessment are often required to further investigate findings of urinalysis and ultimately diagnose the causes or specific features of underlying problems. For example, urine infection is generally diagnosed based on results of urinalysis. However, urine culture is often ordered as a follow-up test to identify the bacteria that may be causing the infection. Other examples include kidney stones, inflammation or the kidneys (glomerulonephritis), or muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis).

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Comment from: Zoya, Published: May 30

My father has been suffering from tic douloureux (trigeminal neuralgia) since last 10 years. It started when a young dentist pulled out his teeth in a wrong way, from dental pain to facial trigeminal neuralgia. No good neurologists are there in our area, and first 5 years they have been giving him pain killing injection. Now as he is aging vessels get weaker and injections are not taken up properly to pain area and he is suffering from severe pain.

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Comment from: utiorno, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I've been suffering from UTI symptoms on and off for three weeks. The first week I went to the doctor, I had painful swollen glands and UTI symptoms. The doctor did a urinalysis and found no WBC. He sent me for an ultrasound and CT scan, both of which came back negative. I've continued to have pain in my legs from the swollen pelvic glands and urine symptoms. I went back to the doctor today as I feel so run down I can't function, and my urinalysis came back with a high WBC count. The doctor gave me antibiotics, but I'm nervous that it is something other than a UTI. I've had UTIs in the past, and this is different. I don't have the frequency, but when I do go, I have burning and spasms.

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