Fast Diagnostics of Urinary Tract Infections in Children using Dipsticks

Authors

  • Jan Tomasik Students` Research Society of Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, College of Medicine, Jagiellonian University, Wielicka St. 265, 30-663 Krakow, Poland https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1562-3051
  • Przemysław Tomasik Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Pediatric Institute, Faculty of Medicine, College of Medicine, Jagiellonian University, Wielicka St. 265, 30-663 Krakow, Poland https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2061-999X

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.6000/1929-4247.2022.11.04.2

Keywords:

Urine dipstick, leukocyturia, nitrites, urinary tract infections

Abstract

This article presents a practical approach to the preliminary diagnosis of urinary tract infection in suspected children using a dipstick test for urine analysis. The urine dipstick test is considered a point of care testing, as well, in several countries, as a self-testing device or waived test. In the event that positive results are obtained, a subsequent laboratory evaluation is required. If properly performed and read, the dipstick test can become a valuable diagnostic and management tool in a primary care physician’s office. It allows the introduction of treatment and further clinical diagnosis. The test remains simple, quick, and inexpensive and should be widely used.

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Published

2022-11-15

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