How is urethritis diagnosed?

Updated: Dec 12, 2018
  • Author: Martha K Terris, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Urethritis can be diagnosed based on the presence of one or more of the following:

  • A mucopurulent or purulent urethral discharge

  • Urethral smear that demonstrates at least 5 leukocytes per oil immersion field on microscopy

  • First-voided urine specimen that demonstrates leukocyte esterase on dipstick test or at least 10 WBCs/hpf on microscopy

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