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Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are fairly common. More than 10 million American healthcare visits a year are due to UTIs. Urinary tract infections also have a high rate of recurrence. Almost half of all women who experience a UTI, will experience a second UTI within 6-12 months of the initial occurrence. Previously the most common way to detect a UTI was with culture-based testing. The issue with this was that culture-based testing can actually miss up to two-thirds of infections. As a solution to this dilemma many physicians now rely on molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.
What Are Molecular UTI Tests?
Molecular UTI tests utilize PCR (polymerase chain reaction) to provide medical professionals and their patients rapid results. Polymerase chain reaction testing works by causing a specimen within a collected sample to replicate thousands of times, by doing this any present pathogens can be detected easily. PCR testing provides both higher accuracy and quicker results than the previous gold standard culture-testing. This ensures earlier diagnosis and improved patient outcomes. Our panel detects 16 different uropathogens, providing doctors and nurses with a comprehensive result. If you have experienced multiple urinary tract infections in your lifetime, talk to your physician about ordering molecular UTI testing.
Antibiotic Resistance Testing for UTIs
Testing for antibiotic resistance can help medical professionals choose the correct treatment for a patient. The TruGenX UTI panel looks for 5 different antibiotic resistance markers. This ensures that patients not only can be diagnosed quickly but prescribed the most appropriate medication.
Benefits of Molecular UTI Testing
- Fast results: Traditional methods typically take up to 3 days to process results. With molecular testing, results can be gathered overnight.
- Accurate results: Molecular testing provides more information on uropathogens than traditional testing.
- Polymicrobial testing: A molecular test can identify polymicrobial infections, or infections that are caused by more than a single pathogen.
- Improved Treatment: Fast and accurate results lead to better patient outcomes.
- Antibiotic Resistance Testing: Testing can help determine if pathogens have resistance to antibiotics which can improve treatment options.
- Detects Asymptomatic UTIs: Not all infections present symptoms, but testing can help detect even asymptomatic cases.
Reasons a patient should get molecular UTI testing
Frequently Asked Questions
Urinary tract infections can potentially present different symptoms for different people. The following symptoms are potential signs that you may have a UTI.
- A strong, constant urge to urinate
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Consistently passing small amounts of urine throughout the day
- Urine that appears cloudy
- Urine which has a red, pink, or brown color. This could be a sign of blood in the urine.
- Urine that has a strong scent.
- For women; pelvic pain, specifically in the center of the pelvis and the area around the pubic bone.
It is important to note that these symptoms are also associated with a variety of other ailments. If you experience these symptoms, we urge you to set up an appointment with a medical professional.
If a UTI is untreated there is potential for a worsening condition. The infection can spread to one or both kidneys. This may cause permanent damage that will affect the normal function of the kidney. For patients who have preexisting conditions with their kidneys, an infection could lead to failure. If you start to notice symptoms of a UTI please go and see a medical professional.
The body can fend off a variety of infections on its own. When it comes to a UTI however, it is not recommended a patient attempts to heal at home. It is estimated that less than 40% of uncomplicated UTIs resolve themselves on their own. Treatment with antibiotics is the best way to handle a UTI.
If you believe you have a urinary tract infection due to symptoms or because of previous infection, you should immediately schedule an appointment with a urologist or other medical professional. Urinary tract infections can cause worse health conditions including kidney failure in the event that the infection spreads.
No. Antibiotics used for a urinary tract infection are not sold without a prescription. You should always see a physician if you believe you have a UTI. They can help prescribe the correct treatment based on the results of testing.
Order molecular UTI testing from TruGenX
TruGenX provides a variety of testing for doctors and physicians nationwide. We only provide our kits to licensed medical professionals. If you are a patient and believe you may be experiencing a UTI, please contact a medical office.