UTI and White Blood Cells

Patient

Q: When you have a diagnosed UTI based on the results of a UA would you also have to have an elevated WBC on your CBC or could you have a normal CBC with a UTI

Doctor

A:   I understand your doubt about UTI and Leukocytosis. It is possible to have a urine test which result come back with a positive presence of bacteria and without an increase in your Leukocytes or white cells. This is known as Asymptomatic Bacteriuria.
Asymptomatic Bacteriuria is characterized by >100,000 colony-forming units in a patient without symptom and should be treated in individuals who are about to undergo urogenital tract procedures, have renal transplants, or are pregnant.

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