1+ protein, 1+ blood, 3+ LE, and POS nitrite
Then, several days later, the urine culture comes back normal:
NO GROWTH FOUND.
That result should not provoke rejoicing! It should cause some stress and worrying! Why? Because if the patient did not have a urinary tract infection, then what caused the 1+ blood in the initial UA? Could it be bladder cancer? Could it be renal cell carcinoma?
Whenever, I get a normal urine culture, the first thing that I do is to check the initial UA. If there is blood on the initial UA, I have the patient see me again to repeat another UA with a urine microscopy. If there are more than 3 RBC per high powered field, then I do a urology referral to work-up hematurea.