Culture and sensitivity - urine
"Normal growth" is a normal result. This means that there is no infection.
It takes 24 to 48 hours to get results.
A "positive" or abnormal test is when bacteria or yeast are found in the culture. This likely means that you have a urinary tract infection or a bladder infection.
Other tests may help your health care provider know which bacteria or yeast are causing the infection, and which antibiotics will best treat it.
Sometimes more than one type of bacteria, or only a small amount may be found in the culture.
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