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Urinalysis
Posted by: Auba
Date: April 16, 2011 3:29 PM

My husband is in the hospital after a side to side resection of the small intestine. He had a urinary catheter in for 48 hours. He began to experience burning when he urinated (while the catheter was in). After the catheter was removed he began having incontinence issues, again with burning on urination. He has had a low grade fever - over 100, but not exceeding 101. They performed a urinalysis which they told me was "normal" except for red blood cells. My question: does a urinalysis exclude the possibility of a urinary tract infection? Or should a urine culture and sensitivity be obtained?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at April 16, 2011 5:52 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

Re: Urinalysis
Posted by: drron
Date: April 16, 2011 5:56 PM

I understand why the doctor would not want to go further with the evaluation as the catheter itself can irritate tissues enough to cause burning on urination. However, to take the evaluation to the Nth degree would require a culture (and sensitivity if organisms are found). It would be reasonable to do nothing and observe. If the burning disappears after a couple days, that would be the end of it.



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