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How can a urinalysis diagnose overactive bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
A urinalysis can help diagnose overactive bladder by detecting urinary tract infections (UTIs). A sample of urine is examined under a microscope by looking for indications of infection, which include bacteria or white blood cells in the urine. If you ever see blood in your urine, you should contact your doctor right away. Blood in the urine may be caused by a UTI but it may also come from a different problem in the urinary tract.

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