Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) PCR PathogenLAB TESTING
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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Panels/Profiles PCR Pathogen
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common infection of the urinary system, which includes the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra. A UTI can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi, but the most common cause is bacteria, with Escherichia coli (E. coli) being the most common type of bacteria that causes UTIs.
The diagnosis of a UTI typically involves a combination of clinical evaluation, urinalysis, and urine culture. A urinalysis is a test that examines a urine sample for the presence of white blood cells, red blood cells, and bacteria. A urine culture involves growing bacteria from a urine sample in a laboratory and testing the bacterial colonies for susceptibility to antibiotics.
In some cases, a PCR-based test may also be used to detect the genetic material of bacterial pathogens in urine samples. The PCR test is highly sensitive and can detect even low levels of bacteria, making it a useful tool for diagnosing UTIs in some cases.
Treatment for a UTI typically involves a course of antibiotics targeted to the specific bacterial pathogen causing the infection. Drinking plenty of fluids and urinating frequently can also help flush out bacteria from the urinary system.
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