Video: Prostatitis - tests and diagnosis
Dr Jeremy Grummet, Urological Surgeon
Diagnostic tests for prostatitis [are] to get at minimum, a dipstick of urine, but usually we would actually get a midstream urine. And we would assess the urine for, under the microscope, looking for white blood cells – which are a marker of inflammation, red blood cells- which is a separate condition altogether called haematuria. But of course we’re looking for growth of bacteria as well, when we culture the urine. And if we can find that, then well that confirms that it’s an infective agent which then needs to be treated with antibiotics.
Last Reviewed: 14/04/2020
Video: Blood in the urine
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Video: Chronic prostatitis - tests and diagnosis
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Kidneys and how they work
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Chronic kidney disease
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