Does pyuria indicate infection in asymptomatic dialysis patients?

R. P. Eisinger, F. Asghar, C. Kolasa, M. P. Weinstein

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It has been suggested that the finding of leukocyturia > 10 WBC/HPF in asymptomatic dialysis patients predicts a positive urine culture and hence indicates urinary tract infection. Seventeen asymptomatic ESRD patients contributed clean catch specimens. Nine patients had ten or more WBC/HPF. One of these grew a possible pathogen in pure culture (23% of specimens excluding those growing multiple organisms). Thus, leukocyturia is not a good marker for positive urine culture and moreover is not demonstrated to indicate infection even when positive cultures follow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-51
Number of pages2
JournalClinical Nephrology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nephrology


  • Asymptomatic dialysis patients
  • ERSD
  • Pyuria
  • Urinary tract infection


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