What is the incidence of urinary tract infection (UTI) in pregnant Israeli women?

Updated: Aug 17, 2021
  • Author: Raisa O Platte, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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A large population-based study of nearly 200,000 pregnant Israeli women demonstrated a 2.5% rate of asymptomatic bacteriuria [14] and a 2.3% rate of symptomatic UTI. [15] In this population, asymptomatic bacteriuria was found to have an association with multiple pregnancy complications, including hypertension, diabetes, intrauterine growth retardation, prolonged hospitalization, and preterm labor.

The authors suggested that these findings may be a marker for intensity of prenatal care rather than a specific causal effect of the urinary infection. [14] Additionally, their follow-up study examining women with symptomatic UTI showed a clear association between UTI and low birth weight and preterm delivery, a finding consistent with those of multiple previous investigations. [15]


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