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Urine Culture/Sensitivity

Also known as: Urine culture and sensitivity; Urine C and S
Formal name: Culture, urine
Related tests: Urinalysis; Blood culture; Susceptibility testing; Bacterial wound culture; Gram stain; Urine protein

Why should I do it?
To diagnose a urinary tract infection (UTI)

When should I do it?
When you experience symptoms of a UTI, such as frequent and painful urination

What Kind of Sample is Needed?
A mid-stream clean catch urine sample; sometimes a urine sample obtained via catheter

Test Preparation Needed?
Generally none, but you may be instructed not to urinate for at least one hour before the test and/or to drink a glass of water 15-20 minutes before sample Collection.