Leukocytes/Nitrates?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-06-2012
Leukocytes/Nitrates?
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Fri, 01-06-2012 - 2:26pm
So, I have had 8 million
different diagnosis, been the ER a trillion times, different doctors, ultra sounds, CT scans, Colp's, biopsies and LEEPS and am still unsure of what's wrong with me.

I KNOW I used to get UTI's chronically as a child (I'm 22 now, female obviously) and that often on my trips to ER's I would get told I had a UTI along with the mystery abdomen/pelvic/cervical pain.

I decided to go to the store to purchase a UTI test kit which came with 2 test strips.

I tested one on Monday, one on Tuesday, both days I came up with very prominent Leukocytes yet no nitrates.

what does that mean?
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-24-2009
Fri, 01-06-2012 - 2:51pm

Hi, edwK2008, and welcome to the Health Issues and Concerns forum!

I am not a health professional, but based on experience and research I believe your results indicate that you have an infection somewhere (resulting in the high leukocyte level) but it may not be a UTI (nitrites are usually present in UTIs). One possibility which would have this result is a vaginal infection.

I would urge you to see a doctor, and show him or her the results of the home test. Of course, they will want to do their own testing and may give you the 8,000,001st diagnosis, but I hope this is a starting point to finding a solution. Best of luck!




iVillage Member
Registered: 01-06-2012
Fri, 01-06-2012 - 3:12pm
Thank you!

I am also curious what Leukocytes and Nitrates are? The instructions really didn't explain anything.
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-24-2009
Fri, 01-06-2012 - 3:29pm

Leukocytes are white blood cells. The body produces white blood cells in an attempt to fight off infection. So, the presence of a high amount of leukocytes in urine is virtually always a sign of infection.

Nitrites show up when an infection is caused by gram-negative bacteria (the type that naturally occur in the intestinal tract). Most UTIs are caused by gram-negative bacteria, but not all of them are. You may have a UTI that was caused by some other form of bacteria, or you may have a different type of infection altogether.

It seems extremely likely, however, that you do have an infection of some sort, so you need to see a doctor and begin treatment.

Take care, I hope you can get to the bottom of your troubles!




iVillage Member
Registered: 01-06-2012
Fri, 01-06-2012 - 3:35pm
Thanks for the advice!
Community Leader
Registered: 08-31-2002
Sun, 01-08-2012 - 7:41pm
Here's where all of this gets to be a little technical. These test kits don't tell you wether these are live or dead white cells. They only measure the chemical markers that the white cells make. They also don't give you a good count of what they mean by very prominent. If you had gone to the laboratory with the same specimen they would have counted these cells on a 1 - 4 plus scale with 4 being more indicative of infection than 1 for example.

So now you have a choice to make. You can try forcing fluids to see if you can flush out your urinary system from the inside out to see if this makes you feel better (and it just might) or you can go to your doctor and see where you go from here. I suspect that sooner or later you are going to go to the doctor once again. The question is when?

Hope this helps

Harriette
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-24-2009
Thu, 01-26-2012 - 6:46pm
Thanks for providing more (and better) information, Harriette!



Community Leader
Registered: 08-31-2002
Thu, 01-26-2012 - 6:50pm
Maureen, I'm here anytime you need me. Just ask.

gentle hugs

Harriette