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Asymptomatic bacteriuria is a common condition in which bacteria are
present in the urine but there are no symptoms of a
urinary tract infection (UTI). It usually goes away
without treatment, but it can be permanent in some people.
is common in pregnant women, older adults, and people who need a
catheter to urinate. Pregnant women are screened for
it and treated with antibiotics, because asymptomatic bacteriuria can cause
preterm labor and other problems if not treated.
Doctors disagree about whether treatment is needed for this
condition or if treatment should be reserved for UTIs with
symptoms. But three groups that should be treated for asymptomatic bacteriuria include:
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
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