Mid-Stream Urine Test

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Understanding urine tests

Your doctor may suggest taking a urine sample in order to help diagnose or rule out certain health conditions, including kidney disease, urinary tract infection, hydration, diabetes, and infection.

Urine testing for diagnosis

Urine removes filtered waste products from the body, and will always contain a typical range of certain substances. If your urine test reveals anything unusual, this will help your doctor to diagnose any underlying health conditions.

A mid-stream urine test, also known as a clean-catch urine sample, is a method used to collect a urine sample for laboratory testing. The process is designed to minimize contamination from the skin and external genitalia.

 

What my results mean

The sample is then analyzed in a laboratory. The lab technicians will look for signs of infection, such as bacteria or white blood cells, and other abnormalities like blood, protein, or sugar.

Glucose in the urine can indicate type 2 diabetes. Varying levels of protein in the urine can indicate kidney disease. Urinary tract infections, STIs or pregnancy will also all show specific changes in the urine.

Your doctor will discuss the results with you during your consultation. You can also take your emailed results to your own GP for further analysis, if you wish.

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Applications

The primary use of a mid-stream urine test is in diagnosing urinary tract infections. UTIs are typically caused by bacteria, and the presence of these bacteria in the urine sample can confirm an infection. The test can also determine the type of bacteria, which is crucial for selecting the most effective antibiotic treatment.

Besides UTIs, this test is also used to diagnose other conditions affecting the urinary system, such as kidney disorders, diabetes (through the detection of glucose or ketones in urine), and liver problems.

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What is it

A mid-stream urine test, often referred to as a clean-catch urine sample, is a critical diagnostic tool in the field of medicine, particularly in the diagnosis and management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and other urinary disorders. This method of urine collection is designed to minimize contamination from the external genitalia and surrounding areas, ensuring that the sample accurately reflects the urine’s composition as it is in the bladder, which is essential for reliable diagnostic results.

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The Procedure

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Pre-Appointment

  • Please make sure you have drunk plenty of fluids, as the doctor will ask you to catch the middle bit of a stream of urine.
  • It is important to ensure there is enough urine in your bladder to allow you to collect this type of sample for the test to be as accurate as possible.

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Appointment

  • The process begins with a thorough cleaning of the genital area to reduce the likelihood of contamination from bacteria or cells that are not part of the urine itself. This step is crucial for preventing external contaminants from skewing the test results.
  • The individual starts urinating into the toilet and then, after a few seconds (once the initial flow has cleared any potential contaminants from the urethral opening), catches the mid-portion of the urine stream in a sterile container. This ‘mid-stream’ urine is considered to be the most representative of the bladder’s contents.
  • After collecting an adequate amount of urine, the individual finishes urinating in the toilet. The collected sample is then sealed and sent to a laboratory for analysis.

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Post-Appointment

  • To ensure a proper follow-up and management of your condition, a consultation or a doctor’s request is required.
  • Our doctor will give you a call to discuss the results and next steps in treatment with you and we will email you the results afterwards.
  • If the test is requested by a different clinic, we will email you the results and you can take them for interpretation to your own doctor.

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How is mid-stream testing different to a regular urine test?
In mid-stream urine testing, the first and last parts of the stream are not tested, thereby reducing the risk of contaminating the sample with bacteria from either your hands or the skin around the urethra. The MSU test identifies which bacteria are responsible for an infection, and which antibiotics will be able to treat it.
How is mid-stream testing different to a regular urine test?
In mid-stream urine testing, the first and last parts of the stream are not tested, thereby reducing the risk of contaminating the sample with bacteria from either your hands or the skin around the urethra. The MSU test identifies which bacteria are responsible for an infection, and which antibiotics will be able to treat it.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare?
Other than arriving for your test with a full bladder, the best thing to do is tell the doctor about any medications you are taking, as these can affect your test results. Also tell the doctor if you are menstruating, as this may lead to the presence of blood in your sample.

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