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What causes nitrate to show up in urine samples in women?

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August 08, 2008 8:59PM

Some of the bacteria known to cause urinary tract infections (UTI's) have an enzyme that change nitrate to nitrite. A positive nitrite test indicates that bacteria may be present in significant numbers in urine.

reference:

- http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/410581

- http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/TUTORIAL/URINE/URINE.html