Overview

Urine cytology is a test to look for abnormal cells in your urine. It's used with other tests and procedures to diagnose urinary tract cancers, most often bladder cancer.

Your doctor might recommend a urine cytology test if you have blood in your urine (hematuria).

For people who've been diagnosed with bladder cancer and have undergone treatment, a urine cytology test can help detect a recurrence.

Nov. 04, 2017
References
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