Urine Culture test in Chennai
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How to book the Urine Culture Test in Chennai?
What is the urine culture test used for?
A Urine culture test is prescribed:
- Incase of signs and symptoms related to UTI
- To diagnose urinary tract infections in the first trimester of pregnancy.
- To monitor treatment for the urinary tract infection.
- To know the susceptibility of microorganisms to various antibiotics
- In case the patient does not respond to empirical therapy
What is included in the urine culture test?
A urine culture is a method of detecting bacteria or yeast in the urine that might cause infection. Bacteria can enter the urinary tract through the urethra and cause a urinary tract infection (UTI). A urine sample is placed on an agar medium that encourages the development of bacteria. The culture is considered as negative if there is no bacterial growth.
The urine culture is considered negative if bacterial growth is less than 10,000 colonies/ml (cfu/ml) if it is 10,000 to 100,000 cfu/ml it is intermediate, but if it exceeds 100,000 cfu/ml, it indicates that Urine Infection is rampant and remedial treatment is required.
Procedure for a urine culture test
- Before beginning the process, wash your hands. Make sure to wipe around the area where you urinate from with a clean cloth or the cleaning pad provided by the lab technician.
- The lab technician visiting your house will offer you a sterile container cup. You need to urinate and collect a clean sample of urine in that container.
- You need to collect urine midstream in the container. First, pee a bit in the toilet and then stop. Then, in the cup, collect roughly around 50 – 60 ml of urine or up to the marking on the container. This will prevent bacteria that is present on the outer parts of the genitalia from getting collected in the container.
- Make sure the container does not come into contact with your skin.
- Complete your peeing in the toilet. Wash your hands after completing and put the sample in the bag, and give it to the lab technician.
How to prepare for a urine culture test?
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Things to consider after the urine culture test is complete
After you receive the Urine culture test report, consult with your doctor, who’d be able to recommend the best treatment for you. Do not self diagnose your health condition.
What types of infection can urine culture tests detect?
A urine culture test is the most specific test used in the diagnosis of urinary tract infection caused by various bacteria or yeast. Urine samples can also be used to identify a variety of systemic infections and microorganisms other than those that cause UTIs.
- Detection of viruses and bacteria in the urine. Some viruses, such as human polyomavirus and congenital cytomegalovirus, are directly excreted in the urine.
- Streptococcus pneumoniae
- Dengue virus
- Sexually transmitted diseases like Chlamydia
Urine culture and sensitivity tests will help to determine which antibiotics the bacteria causing the infection is susceptible to. This helps your doctor to advise effective treatment.
How much does a urine culture test cost?*
A variety of factors determine the cost of a urine culture test. The cost of the test is determined by whether it is performed at a government or private institution. Varying private lab partners also charge different prices based on the quality of the test and the services they give. In addition, the cost of a urine culture test varies depending on the state and city. A urine culture test might cost anything from Rs 60 to Rs 450 through MFine.
*Disclaimer: The value varies based on location, time, and your preferred lab partner.
How long does it take to get the results for a urine culture test?
You can expect to get the results for the urine culture test within 48 to 72 hours after the sample is collected. However, in certain cases, depending on the location, and preferred lab partner, it may take longer.
What do abnormal urine culture test results indicate?
When bacteria or yeast are identified in the culture, the test is either “positive” or “abnormal.” This indicates that you have a urinary tract infection. Abnormal findings might also indicate that you have one of the following illnesses: kidney stones.
Other tests like sensitivity tests may be ordered to determine which bacteria or yeast are causing the infection and which drugs will be most effective in treating it. The culture may yield more than one species of bacteria.
Disclaimer: Please consult with your doctor for interpreting the test reports.
Is urine culture a definitive test?
Yes. Urine culture tests are most commonly done to diagnose any type of urinary tract infection. It helps to isolate the type of microorganism that is causing the UTI. Several microorganisms can cause a urinary tract infection, but the most common of all is Escherichia coli or E. coli.
Thus a urine culture along with signs and symptoms of the urinary tract infection is a definitive test to diagnose the cause of UTI. Sometimes your doctor might need to combine this test with Urinalysis and even a susceptibility test to find out more details about the infection.
How to read the urine culture test report?
While interpreting the urine culture report, the doctor often uses a combination of urinalysis and the signs and symptoms present. The sample collection method also plays a vital role in the quality of the report and its interpretations.
The presence of a particular type of bacteria in the form of a high growing colony unit is suggestive of a positive test.
- If the colony-forming units are more than 1,00,000 cfu/ml for a particular type of bacteria, it indicates the presence of infection.
- However, when there are specific signs and symptoms with a colony-forming unit (CFU) that is around 10000 – 100000 cfu/ml can also be considered as the presence of an infection.
- Also if the sample of the urine is collected via a catheter, a low score in between 10000 – 100000 CFU/ml may indicate the presence of an infection.
Why book a urine culture test?
A urine culture test aids in diagnosing the cause of UTI. It is critical not only for identification but also for directing suitable antibiotic prescription and therapy.
You are advised to take a Urine culture test if you have symptoms of UTI like pain or burning sensation while passing urine or increased frequency of urination, lower abdomen pain etc. Patients with severe UTIs, those who have had recurring UTIs, or those who are not responding to empirical therapy are often advised on urine culture.
Urine specimens may help in the detection of sexually transmitted infections sometimes when the sample are processed with other methods.
Urine culture test at home – how does it work?
A lab technician will visit your home when you book your test through the MFine app. You will be provided a sterile container to collect a clean urine sample.
Are there any risks involved with a urine culture test?
No. There are no risks involved. It is a painless procedure. Only in the case of collection of urine from a patient with a urinary catheter, there might be some discomfort.
What can affect the results of a urine culture test?
Contamination is one thing that can affect the result of the urine culture test. The handling of the sterile container provided to you and the urine sample collection should be carried out with utmost hygiene. Another important factor that can change the results of a urine culture test results is your medication. One should disclose all the information to the doctor about the medication being taken before booking the test.
Why book Urine Culture Test?
- A Urine Culture Test detects the presence of any Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in the body.
- It is often a routine check-up in the case of susceptible patients.
- It helps monitor UTIs in pregnant women during their first trimester.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I avail myself of at-home sample collection in Ennore, Chennai?
Yes, MFine lets you book at-home sample collections from anywhere in Chennai.
What is the cost of a Urine Culture Test in Chennai?
The average cost of a Urine Culture Test in Chennai is Rs. 750.
I stay in Noida. Can I book a Urine Culture Test for my son staying in Chennai?
Yes, you can easily book a Urine Culture test for your relatives and family members from anywhere in India through MFine.
How can I reschedule my appointment for a Urine Culture Test sample?
Rescheduling of appointments is easily possible through the MFine application. The application has an option to reschedule the sample collection date and time.
Is the lab technician coming for the Urine Culture Test sample collection vaccinated?
Our lab technicians are fully vaccinated. Further, they also ensure safety throughout by wearing a mask and using sanitizer and gloves during sample collection.
When is a Urine Culture Test recommended?
A urine culture test is recommended to assess symptoms of UTI, such as pain or burning during urination. Additionally, it helps determine the exact cause of the UTI. It provides valid diagnostic information required to assess treatment for the same.
Is a prescription required to book a Urine Culture Test?
A prescription from a medical professional is recommended but not required. It is also advisable to report any ongoing medicines or supplements to the professional.
Does MFine provide result interpretation along with the reports?
Yes. MFine provides result interpretation along with the reports. Also, you will be able to avail a free doctor consultation after the lab test to understand your reports accurately. Our doctor will also advise and prescribe medicines if required based on the results.
Is the Urine Culture Test definitive?
The Urine Culture Test monitors and detects the presence of pathogens responsible for causing UTI or other infections. However, ongoing medications and existing medical conditions may influence the readings. The results also differ according to laboratory infrastructures and instruments available. While it cannot produce definitive results, the severity of the infection is determined.
What other tests are usually recommended along with Urine Culture Tests?
Another prominent test recommended for the diagnosis of UTI is Urinalysis.
Urinalysis includes several tests that detect pathogens responsible for causing UTI and associated diseases. These include Red Blood Urine Test, Protein Urine Test, Ketones Urine Test, Urine Specific Gravity Test, Bilirubin Urine Test, etc.
What diseases can be detected through Urine Culture Tests?
Apart from detecting UTI and related infections, the Urine Culture Test indicates information required to screen and diagnose Malignancy, Proteinuria, Glycosuria, Ketonuria, Renal Calculi, etc.
How can I download my Urine Culture Test report?
- Log in to MFine
- Go to your profile
- Click Attachment and Reports
- Click Lab Report and download the same
Are there any discount offers running on the Urine Culture Test in Chennai?
Usually, you can avail of up to 50% discount on the Urine Culture test through MFine. However, the discount and test price may vary based on lab partner and location.