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Urinary Disorders

Squamous Epithelial Cells

02/13/2008

Question:

I had blood work and a Complete Urinalysis done at my place of employment. I received the results back. Squamous Epithelial Cells - Out of Range 6 - 10. What does this mean and is there something I should do? I`m worried.

Answer:

Squamous cells are not indicative of disease when considered alone and may represent squamous metaplasia (replacement of bladder-lining cells with normal squamous cells). In the absence of other abnormal findings (blood in the urine, recurrent bladder infections, etc.), I would simply followup with your physician or a urologist. You should review with the physician that ordered the test to determine what he/she was looking for with the urinalysis.

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Response by:

James F Donovan, Jr, MD James F Donovan, Jr, MD
Professor of Surgery
Director of UC Urology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati