Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Panel

A UTI PCR Panel is a type of test that uses polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology to detect and identify the microorganisms that cause urinary tract infections (UTIs). PCR is a molecular technique that amplifies specific DNA sequences from a sample, allowing for rapid and accurate diagnosis of infections. A UTI PCR Panel can also detect antimicrobial resistance markers, which indicate the susceptibility or resistance of the microorganisms to different antibiotics. This can help guide the appropriate treatment for UTIs and prevent the spread of resistant strains. A UTI PCR Panel can also identify fungi, which are sometimes responsible for UTIs, especially in immunocompromised patients. Additionally, a UTI PCR Panel can detect polymicrobial infections, which are infections caused by more than one microorganism. Polymicrobial infections can be more difficult to treat and may require a combination of antibiotics. 

A UTI PCR Panel is a superior test for recurrent UTIs, which are UTIs that occur more than twice in six months or more than three times in a year. Recurrent UTIs can be caused by persistent or relapsing infection by the same or different microorganisms. A UTI PCR Panel can help determine the cause of recurrence and provide infection-based treatment guidance.