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Urinary Disorders

Translucent Matter In Urine

12/29/2008

Question:

I am the father of a 16 year old male who has had multiple UTI`s. We have made an appointment with a urologist and we are awaiting urinalysis results from a visit to the hospital last night where he was diagnosed once again with a UTI. In the sample given to the hospital, translucent flake-like matter could be seen in the urine, ultimately sinking to the bottom. Also, he has noticed matter in his urine similar to mucus. We have not consulted a doctor on this matter and nobody from the hospital has mentioned the flake-like matter. What we would like to know is what this matter is, and what it`s presence may be an indication of.

Thank you.

Answer:

Recurrent urinary tract infections in a 16 year old male require further evaluation by a urologist. The mucous and debris may be from the bacteria itself but further evaluation with urine culture, radiologic studies, and a more detailed history and physical exam are needed to better answer your question.

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Response by:

Donald R Bodner, MD Donald R Bodner, MD
Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University