Urine is normally sterile. However, in the process of collecting the urine,
some contamination from skin bacteria is frequent. For that reason, up to 10,000
colonies of bacteria/ml are considered normal. Greater than 100,000 colonies/ml
represents urinary tract infection. For counts between 10,000 and 100,000, the
culutre is indeterminate.
Sensitivity refers to the antibiotics tested to be effective in stopping
the bacteria. While clinical response will generally follow therapy guided
by sensisitivity testing, clinical response can be variable.
*These are general values taken from a variety of
sources. The actual normal values may vary from lab to lab and from one
type of testing protocol to another.