What does the presence of leukocytes in the urine mean?
The presence of leukocytes in the urine is called leukocyturia. Leukocytes correspond to white blood cells, ie cells involved in the immune response.
In the majority of cases, the presence of leukocytes in the urine or leucocyturia reveals the presence of a urinary tract infection. But sometimes it reflects other disorders.
Leucocyctes in the urine can occur at all ages of life, in children as well as in adults.
Leukocytes in urine during pregnancy
During pregnancy, the presence of leukocytes in the urine requires medical attention.
In pregnant women, the risk of urinary tract infection is higher and systematically requires medical advice. Indeed, urinary tract infection in pregnant women can quickly progress to pyelonephritis, an infection in the kidneys, which can endanger the health of the pregnant woman and the fetus.
What is the normal leukocyte level in urine? Rare white blood cells or high white blood cells
Under normal conditions, there are no or very few leukocytes in the urine, leukocytes are rare. The leukocyte count should be close to zero, since urine is considered naturally sterile. There is therefore no reason for white blood cells to be present…