What is the role of urinalysis in the diagnosis of acute pyelonephritis (kidney infection)?

Updated: Jul 01, 2021
  • Author: Tibor Fulop, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Urinalysis can include the following:

  • Dipstick leukocyte esterase test (LET) - Helps to screen for pyuria
  • Nitrite production test (NPT) - To screen for bacteriuria
  • Examination for hematuria (gross and microscopic) and proteinuria

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