How to read a urine dipstick test to detect a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Elizebeth O’Neill
Elizebeth O’Neill
July 3, 2021
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Reviewed by:
Diagnox Staff
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

UTI Dipstick Test Result Interpretation for Urinary Tract Infections
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Urinox-10 Multi-parameter Urine Dipstick Test

Urinox-10 Multi-parameter urine test strips help in identifying signs of urinary tract infections and a broad range of other health conditions related to kidney, liver, and general health.

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 Urine Dipstick Test by Diagnox detects signs of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). The test checks for Leukocytes (white blood cells) and Nitrites (bacteria) 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.

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:

  1. Diagnox Staff, "Urinary Tract Infection Test," Product Information Insert - IFU, Accessed Feb. 4, 2022.
  2. Diagnox Staff, "Urinox-10 Urinalysis Test Strips," Product Information Insert - IFU, Accessed Feb. 4. 2022.
About the Author
Elizebeth O’Neill

Elizabeth O’Neill is a highly experienced nursing professional with a passion for educating others about important health issues. With a degree in nursing and extensive experience in the medical field, she has dedicated her career to helping others live their best, healthiest lives.

In her current role as a medical content writer for Diagnox, Elizabeth is able to utilize her knowledge and experience to inform and educate consumers on the importance of proactive screening and overall health. She is particularly passionate about women's health issues, and loves working with Diagnox to spread awareness about these important topics.

Throughout her career, Elizabeth has consistently demonstrated her dedication to helping others and improving the health of her community. She is highly respected by her colleagues and is known for her professionalism, compassion, and expertise. Whether she is working directly with patients or writing articles to educate the public, Elizabeth is always focused on making a positive impact on the lives of others.

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