What is the role of urine culture in the diagnosis of urinary tract infection (UTI)?

Updated: Aug 17, 2021
  • Author: Raisa O Platte, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Urine culture is the standard method for evaluating for urinary tract infection (UTI) during pregnancy. Indications for performing a urine culture include the following:

  • Recurrent UTI

  • Pyelonephritis

  • Failure to respond to initial treatment regimens

  • History of recent instrumentation

  • Hospital admission

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