How to read a urine dipstick test to detect a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Scientific evidence indicates that a urine dipstick test that checks the presence of Leukocytes and Nitrite in urine can help identify signs of a urinary tract infection.
What are Leukocytes?
Leukocytes (white blood cells) are the cells of the immune system that are involved in protecting the body against both infectious diseases and foreign invaders. A few white blood cells are normally present in urine and generally yield negative results. When the number of WBCs in urine increases significantly, the urine dipstick screening test will become positive. Presence of leukocytes (>10 leu/µL) in urine may indicate infections in the urinary tract or kidneys.
What are Nitrite?
Normal urine contains chemicals called nitrates. If bacteria enter the urinary tract, nitrates can turn into different, similarly named chemicals called nitrites. Nitrites in urine may be a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI).
To detect UTI, presence of both Leukocytes and Nitrite in urine are considered. UTI can be present despite a negative Nitrite test. Refer to the table below for test interpretation.
Interpretation of Results
Urinox-10 Multi-parameter Urine Dipstick Test
Urinox-10 Urinalysis Test strips by DIAGNOX®, include reagent pads for the analysis of ten parameters including Leukocyte (LEU) and Nitrite (NIT) to assist in the diagnosis and monitoring of the urinary tract infections (UTIs). The multi-parameter test can help in the detection of a broad range of systematic and metabolic health conditions, in particular kidney and liver health.
Refer to this post for detailed information and directions to use for Urinox-10 urine dipstick test.
UTI 2-parameter Urine Test
The UTI dipstick Test by Diagnox is a convenient and affordable dipstick test that specifically tests for urinary tract infections. The test checks for both Leukocytes and Nitrites in the urine. The test results are ready in as little as 2 minutes and can detect a UTI with clinical-grade accuracy right from the privacy of your home.
Products that can help detect UTI:
- Diagnox Staff, "Urinary Tract Infection Test," Product Information Insert - IFU, Accessed Feb. 4, 2022.
- Diagnox Staff, "Urinox-10 Urinalysis Test Strips," Product Information Insert - IFU, Accessed Feb. 4. 2022.
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