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How are urinary tract infections diagnosed?

Although you will often be given antibiotics based on your symptoms, a urine culture will often be performed to confirm diagnosis of a urinary tract infection. The reason antibiotics are provided before the culture results is that the urine culture results can take a couple of days to arrive, and if a urinary tract infection is suspected, it is better to start treatment early in order to avoid complications. Certain scans and procedures may also be required if an underlying medical condition is thought to be the cause of the infection.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 17 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Bladder cancer


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