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Urinary Tract Infections

Uncomplicated urinary tract infections are infections of the lower urinary tract.

This infection usually affects women of any age who do not have any other health problems, are not pregnant, and do not have any physical problems with their urinary tract.

As it is rather common, it is important to be able to tell the difference between simple UTI (also called cystitis), asymptomatic bacteriuria (increase bacteria count in the urine), and complicated cystitis so that you can choose the right antibiotic and length of treatment.

UTI can be complicated by: being male, immunosuppression, poorly controlled diabetes mellitus, pregnancy, functional or structural abnormality of the urinary tract, recent urological manipulation, nosocomial infections, acute or chronic renal insufficiency, urinary tract obstruction, renal transplant, and catheterized patients or patients who are frequently catheterized.

Typically we do not treat asymptomatic bacteriuria, except in certain groups (e.g., pregnant women, patients undergoing urological procedures).

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