Urinary Tract Infections (Cystitis)
URINARY TRACT INFECTION IN A NUTSHELL
Urinary tract infection is more often encountered in women than in men. About 50% of women have at least one episode of Cystitis in their lifetime. It is a medically benign condition. Its diagnosis and antibiotic treatment are in principle simple. The Cytobacteriological examination, is the examination of choice for the Urinary Tract Infection but also to identify the germ in question and to define the most suitable Antibiotic treatment for one. Urinary Tract Infections are one of the most frequently encountered infections in the laboratory.
What is a Urinary Tract Infection?
- A Urinary Tract Infection corresponds to the aggression of the urinary tract by a bacterium, which generates an inflammatory reaction and signs and symptoms of variable nature and intensity depending on the person.
- Depending on the location, it corresponds to:
- Cystitis: infection in the Bladder
- Urethritis: infection in the Urethra
- Pyelonephritis: infection in the Kidney
- Prostatitis: infection in the Prostate
- Different germs are responsible for Urinary Tract Infections. Among the most common are:
- Escherichia coli
- Proteus mirabilis
- Enterococcus, Staphylococcus…