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white blood cell's
Jun 7, 2012

My partner has went to the doctor and they said they found white blood cell's in his pee. it could mean alot of thing's right? he say's it burns when he pee's. i was wondering if you know what it may be and if so if it is life threatening or can be cured. also if he doe's have a life threatening infection is it possible i got it as well?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello,

White blood cells in the urine could mean nothing (a contaminated specimen) or urinary tract infection or irritation (like kidney stones). We'd usually run additional tests, like urine cultures and tests of kidney function and complete blood count (CBC) to see what's going on. A physical examination is indicated.

Rarely is this finding life threatening, and then usually it's obvious, because the patient is very ill (fever, malaise, flank pain, for example are indicators of kidney infection).

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