What is the role of urine studies in the evaluation of bladder cancer?

Updated: Feb 23, 2021
  • Author: Kara N Babaian, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Urine studies include the following:

  • Urinalysis with microscopy
  • Urine culture to rule out infection, if suspected
  • Voided urinary cytology
  • Urinary tumor marker testing

Urinalysis is performed to detect hematuria or infection. Microscopic hematuria from bladder cancer may be intermittent; therefore, a repeat negative result on urinalysis does not exclude the diagnosis.

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