interpretation of urine microscopy in an infant or child

Last reviewed 03/2019

Interpretation of microscopy results

  • if bacteriuria positive and pyuria positive
    • infant or child should be regarded as having UTI
  • if bacteriuria positive and pyuria negative
    • infant or child should be regarded as having UTI
  • if bacteriuria negative and pyuria positive
    • antibiotic treatment should be started if clinically UTI
  • if bacteriuria negative and pyuria negative
    • infant or child should be regarded as not having UTI

Reference:

  1. NICE (September 2017).Urinary tract infection in children: diagnosis, treatment and long-term management