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Overview

Epithelial cells Test

Epithelial cells Test

Epithelial cells are cells are produced from the surfaces of our body, such as your organs, skin, blood vessels, urinary tract. They serve as a protector between the inside and outside of our body, protecting it from viruses. It is normal to have small number of Epithelial cells in one’s urine. But large number is a sign of infection, kidney disease, or other serious medical conditions. For that reason, your doctor may order a urine test or urinalysis to study your urine minutely under a microscope.
No special preparation needed for the Epithelial cells test. There’s no need to adjust your diet. You can both eat and drink normally. Tell your doctor if you have or had any allergies of some kind. However, your doctor may require you to drink some amount of water before the test to collect a specific amount. Your doctor will give you specific instructions about how to collect your urine sample.

There are three types of epithelial cells: transitional cells, renal tubular cells, and squamous cells. If squamous cells are found in your urine, it will indicate your sample got contaminated. This shows sample contains cells from the urethra ( men) or the vaginal opening ( women). It happens if you do not clean your urinary organs before collecting the samples. Results are often reported as an overall amount, such as few, moderate, and many cells. Few cells are typically considered the normal value. Moderate and many cells presence may indicate medical conditions such as:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Yeast infection
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Certain types of cancer.

  • Wash your hands.
  • Clean your genital area with a cleansing pad given to you by your provider. Men should wipe the tip of their penis. Women should open their labia and clean from front to back.
  • Start urinating into the toilet.
  • Place the collection container under your urine stream.
  • Collect the desired amount( 1 or 2 ounce) of urine into the container. The container will have markings to indicate the amounts.
  • Finish urinating into the toilet.
  • Return the sample container to the doctor as instructed.

Specimen
random urine
Volume
5ml
Container
non sterile specimen container
Type Gender Age-Group Value
Epithelial cells
UNISEX
All age groups
>100kU/l
RS 80- Rs 500

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