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Urinalysis (cont.)

White Blood Cells in the Urine

White blood cells (or leukocytes) in the urine may be detected in the microscopic analysis of urine. In general, the presence of these cells in the urine is suspicious for a urinary tract infection (UTI). Other supportive evidence of a UTI may include bacteria in the urine, leukocyte esterase and nitrite on the dipstick, and clinical evidence of urinary tract infection.

Medically reviewed by Michael Wolff, MD; American Board of Urology

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/5/2015

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