How to prove an infection by a lab result ?

lamb L.A.M.Buisman at cable.A2000.nl
Thu Jan 28 11:29:34 EST 1999

Why not get a second opinion from another urologist? Or maybe better, a
To treat someone for 6 months with antibiotics seems a bit much to me. And then come
to the conclusion it might be not an infection!?
No wonder that the flora becomes somewhat odd.

Geert wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm taking antibiotics for more than 6 months now as a treatment for
> urethritis (the top of my urethra is giving me a burning feeling)
> without a positive result.
> Now my uroloog has doubts whether the burning feeling is really caused
> by an infection or by something else.
> Samples taken with a cotton tip stick at the top inside of my urethra
> have always shown many Streptococcus D (++ and +++) in the lab
> results. My mid stream urine was (is still) negative.
> The last sample taken also shows E. Coli ++ (and again Streptococcus D
> ++).
> Can these bacteria be considered as normal flora there ?
> For me, it still feels like a small, infected wound inside the top.
> Is it possible (which check does the lab has to perform) to prove an
> infection by a lab result from a sample taken with a cotton tip stick
> at the (probably) infected spot (in my case the top inside of my
> urethra) ?
> Is it possible to prove it by a white blood cell count (number of
> cells in the sample fluid on the cotton tip stick) ?
> With thanks,
>         greetings,
>                 Geert
> To reply by e-mail: replace "myname" by "gvnuffel" and remove the "remove." part.

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