PCR Testing For Urinary Tract Infections in Jacksonville, FL

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What is PCR Testing?

Traditionally, when lab tests are conducted, they must be sent to an off-site lab, which can delay the results of the test. In many cases, this process can last at least several days. At Kasraeian Urology, we utilize PCR testing  to diagnose urinary tract infections (UTIs). These state-of-the-art tests are completed in-office, granting us the ability to offer you same-day results. PCR tests for UTIs have also proven to be roughly 96% more accurate than results gained from traditional culture testing techniques. This perfect blend of speed and accuracy allows us to offer immediate and accurate treatment to patients. Dr. Ahmad Kasraeian and Dr. Ali Kasraeian are highly experienced in using these tests to treats patients in our Jacksonville, FL office, who are potentially suffering from the effects of a UTI.

What UTI Symptoms make me a candidate for PCR Testing?

While UTIs happen more frequently in women than in men, the male population is not immune to these infections. The problem can occur when bacteria is introduced into the urine and travels into the bladder. This bacteria will irritate the lining of your bladder and urethra, which may cause symptoms, such as:

  • A burning sensation when urinating

  • Frequent urination

  • Significant urinary urgency

  • Blood in the urine

  • Cloudy urine

  • A change in the odor of the urine

If you are experiencing these symptoms, a PCR test can quickly diagnose a UTI.

How Does PCR Testing Work?

All it takes in order to perform PCR testing for UTIs is a small urine sample. We will then analyze this culture in order to accurately identify the appropriate pathogens and antibiotic drug resistances. This process works more effectively than traditional methods due to the fact that PCR testing is able to identify even more types of bacteria than techniques that have typically been used in the past. While other testing methods can take up to a week in order to attain the results, PCR testing generally yields same-day results, leading to faster and more effective treatment for our patients.

What does a PCR test screen for in a urine sample?

PCR tests performed on a urine sample can screen for infections and antibiotic resistance, enabling the provider to prescribe a more targeted treatment right away. PCR tests screen patient urine for pathogens, yeast, STDs, and resistance to a specific antibiotic.

Pathogens included in the screening:

  • A. baumannii
  • C. freundii/braakii
  • Citrobacter koseri
  • E. aerogenes
  • E. cloacae
  • B. fragilis
  • E. faecalis/E. faecium
  • E. coli
  • K. oxytoca/michiganensis
  • K. pneumoniae
  • Morganella morganii
  • Proteus mirabilis
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • S. epidermidis
  • S. saprophyticus
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • S. pyogenes (Group A)
  • Serratia marcescens

The test can also help to identify the causes of repeat or recurrent urinary tract infections. The knowledge providers gain through a PCR test enables them to choose the right antibiotic from the start, bringing speedy and more effective relief to patients.

PCR Testing for UTI FAQ

What is a UTI (urinary tract infection)?

A UTI (urinary tract infection) refers to an infection in your urinary system. This may include your urethra, bladder, ureters, or kidneys. Women are at a higher risk of developing a UTI than men. Typically, doctors will prescribe antibiotics to treat UTIs.

What causes a UTI?

UTIs are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract through the urethra and growing in the bladder until you have an infection.

How does a PCR test work?

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing is a fast, effective technique to test for the presence of bacteria and viruses by copying, or "amplifying", a small sample of their DNA.

What tests confirm a UTI?

Most physicians and labs will use either a urinalysis or a urine culture test. At Kasraeian Urology, we use the faster, more accurate PCR test with same-day results for quicker diagnosis and treatment.

How can I treat a UTI (urinary tract infection) at home?

You should always talk to a doctor if you have a UTI, but there are few tried and true ways to improve the health of your urinary system, including:

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Drinking cranberry juice
  • Eating garlic
  • Practicing proper hygiene
  • Taking vitamin C supplements
  • Taking probiotics

Rapid, Accurate Testing for Urinary Tract Infections

UTIs can be painful and easily disrupt your everyday life. You shouldn't have to wait days for test results before you can receive proper treatment. With PCR testing for UTIs, we can identify the problem within a day and quickly get you on the correct plan to heal your urinary issues. For more information, contact Kasraeian Urology in Jacksonville, FL or schedule an appointment with Dr. Ahmad Kasraeian or Dr. Ali Kasraeian today.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.