How does preeclampsia effect the risk of urinary tract infection (UTI) during pregnancy?

Updated: Aug 17, 2021
  • Author: Raisa O Platte, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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A case-control study demonstrated an increased odds (1.22-fold) of preeclampsia in women with any UTI during pregnancy versus those without UTI. [17] A multicenter retrospective study found that the presence of UTI in pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester, is strongly associated with preeclampsia. Rates of preeclampsia in patients with UTI compared with those without reported UTI were 31.1% vs 7.8%, respectively (P <0.001). The authors hypothesize that the increased maternal inflammatory burden from UTI enhances the risk of preeclampsia. [20]


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