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Urinary Tract Infection

Alternate Names : Cystitis, Bladder Infection, UTI

Urinary Tract Infection | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

Diagnosis of a UTI begins with a medical history and physical exam. The exam may include a pelvic exam in women and a rectal exam in men. The healthcare provider may order the following tests:

  • urethral cultures in men to see if the prostate is infected
  • urinalysis to look for protein or blood in the urine
  • urine culture to see what type of bacteria is involved
  • If infections occur repeatedly, more tests may be done. An intravenous pyelogram is an X-ray of the urinary tract. It is taken after a contrast agent is injected into the body. A cystoscopy allows the provider to use a scope to look into the bladder.

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    Urinary Tract Infection: Prevention & Expectations

    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/10/01

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