What are the risk factors for bacteriuria during pregnancy?

Updated: Aug 17, 2021
  • Author: Raisa O Platte, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Several patient-level factors are associated with an increased frequency of bacteriuria during pregnancy. Compared with nonindigent patients, indigent patients have a 5-fold increased incidence of bacteriuria. The risk is doubled in women with sickle cell trait. Other risk factors for bacteriuria include diabetes mellitus, [7] neurogenic bladder retention, history of vesicoureteral reflux (treated or untreated), [8] previous renal transplantation, [9] and a history of previous UTIs.


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