Top Ten Myths Regarding the Diagnosis and Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections

Lucas Schulz, PHARMD; Robert J. Hoffman, MD; Jeffrey Pothof, MD; Barry Fox, MD


J Emerg Med. 2016;51(1):25-30. 

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Emergency medicine providers frequently evaluate patients for urinary tract infections. There are many myths that have been perpetuated on the interpretation of patient symptoms and laboratory results that lead to overtreatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria. By using clinical history and laboratory data in addition to understanding the evidence behind these common myths, emergency medicine providers will be better able to make an accurate diagnosis. This will result in increased patient safety and decreased health care costs.