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How do doctors diagnose and treat UTIs?

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A urinalysis checks your urine sample for white blood cells, blood, and bacteria. A urine culture is a test that can find the type of bacteria that caused the infection. If you get UTIs often or you’re a man, your doctor may recommend:

  • Blood tests
  • X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or ultrasound to show your urinary tract
  • Cystoscopy to check inside your urinary tract
  • Intravenous pyelogram, an X-ray test that uses dye so your doctor can better see your urinary system

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Urinary Tract Infection in Adults.”

American Academy of Family Physicians.

WomensHealth.gov: “Urinary tract infection fact sheet.”

The Urology Institute.

Mayo Clinic: “Urinary Tract Infection.”

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on October 29, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Urinary Tract Infection in Adults.”

American Academy of Family Physicians.

WomensHealth.gov: “Urinary tract infection fact sheet.”

The Urology Institute.

Mayo Clinic: “Urinary Tract Infection.”

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on October 29, 2019

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