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Urinary Tract Infection (Lower) in Women

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AbstractThis guidance deals with the management, in women, of cystitis (i.e. lower urinary tract infection, UTI), asymptomatic bacteriuria, UTI in women with long-term catheters, and urethral syndrome. This guidance does not deal with the treatment of upper urinary tract infections. The guideline provides background information (what is it?, how common is it?, how do I know my patient has it?, Cystitis, typical presentation of cystitis, atypical presentations of cystitis, risk factors for UTI, acute urethral syndrome, investigations, indications for not investigating, collection, storage and transport of urine samples, urine dipstick, urine microscopy, urine culture, imaging and functional tests, what else might it be? Complications and prognosis?) and management issues (principles of treatment of UTI, symptomatic treatment, antimicrobials, length of antimicrobial treatment for acute, uncomplicated UTI in women, other treatments, blind antimicrobial therapy for cystitis, acute uncomplicated cystitis in women, outline of management, recurrent acute uncomplicated cystitis, evidence from the UK General Practice Research Database, risk factors, special investigations, relapse of infection, prophylaxis for coitus-related recurrent cystitis; prophylaxis for recurrent cystitis not related to coitus, infection occurring while taking prophylactic antimicrobials, asymptomatic bacteriuria and cystitis in pregnancy, asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy, antimicrobials for cystitis in pregnancy, duration of treatment of cystitis in pregnancy, relapse and recurrence of cystitis in pregnancy, cystitis/asymptomatic bacteriuria in elderly women, UTIs in people with indwelling urinary catheters, urethral syndrome, acute urethral syndrome, chronic urethral syndrome).
Date of publishing01/01/2002
Date of last revision by publisher01/01/2004
Date of last review by us06/12/2004
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