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Urine Cultures Miss Too Many Cases of Bladder Infections

A new post in NPR’s Shots blog reports that urine cultures, though accurate for identifying women who have bladder infections with E. coli bacteria, “miss women who had infections with other bacteria, or have low levels of E. coli that were still enough to make the women sick … Many labs ignore those low-level tests.” An additional study comparing the results of urine culture tests and bladder catheters showed that “About one-quarter of the women had no bacteria at all in the bladder, even though they had classic symptoms of infection.

Read the post in NPR’s Shots blog.