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pH

The pH describes how acidic or alkaline a substance is based on the hydrogen ion concentration. If urine is persistently acidic or alkaline, this can indicate a disturbed acid-base balance. Persistently alkaline pH values point towards urinary tract infection. For microscopy, it is good to bear in mind that at pH levels above 7, cells can lyse faster than under normal (slightly acidic to nearly neutral) conditions.

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