A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that occurs in any part of the urinary system. A UTI is the abnormal growth of bacteria associated with abnormal symptoms. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men. Serious consequences can occur if a UTI is not treated or spreads to your kidneys.
You may experience the following common symptoms:
Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder. Risks factors include being female, sexual activity, certain types of birth control, urinary tract blockages, kidney stones, catheter use and menopause.
1) What to know before your visit
2) Other tests that may be performed during or after your visit include:
Most of the time (>95%) there is no urologic (surgically correctable) cause for your infections, and no further urology evaluation is needed. In cases of anatomical abnormalities, kidney stones, or foreign bodies, surgery may be necessary.
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