Learn About Asymptomatic Bacteriuria

What is the definition of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria?

Most of the time, your urine is sterile. This means there is no bacteria growing. On the other hand, if you have symptoms of a bladder or kidney infection, bacteria will be present and growing in your urine.

Sometimes, your health care provider may check your urine for bacteria, even when you do not have any symptoms. If enough bacteria are found in your urine, you have asymptomatic bacteriuria.

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What are the alternative names for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria?

Screening - asymptomatic bacteria

What are the causes of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria?

Asymptomatic bacteriuria occurs in a small number of healthy people. It affects women more often than men. The reasons for the lack of symptoms are not well understood.

You are more likely to have this problem if you:

  • Have a urinary catheter in place
  • Are female
  • Are pregnant
  • Are sexually active (in females)
  • Have long-term diabetes and are female
  • Are an older adult
  • Have recently had a surgical procedure in your urinary tract
What are the symptoms of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria?

There are no symptoms of this problem.

If you have these symptoms, you may have a urinary tract infection, but you do not have asymptomatic bacteriuria.

  • Burning during urination
  • Increased urgency to urinate
  • Increased frequency of urination
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What are the current treatments for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria?

Most people who have bacteria growing in their urine, but no symptoms, do not need treatment. This is because the bacteria are not causing any harm. In fact, treating most people with this problem may make it harder to treat infections in the future.

However, for some people getting a urinary tract infection is more likely or may cause more severe problems. As a result, treatment with antibiotics may be needed if:

  • You are pregnant.
  • You recently had a kidney transplant.
  • You are scheduled for surgery involving the prostate gland or the bladder.
  • You have kidney stones that have caused an infection.
  • Your young child has reflux (backward movement of urine from the bladder into ureters or kidneys).

Without symptoms being present, even people who are older adults, have diabetes, or have a catheter in place do not need treatment.

Who are the top Asymptomatic Bacteriuria Local Doctors?
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Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center

2002 Holcombe Blvd 
Houston, TX 77030

Barbara Trautner is an Infectious Disease doctor in Houston, Texas. Dr. Trautner is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria. She is also highly rated in 3 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Asymptomatic Bacteriuria, HIV/AIDS, Sepsis, and Bacterial Prostatitis. She is licensed to treat patients in Texas.

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Michigan Medicine

University Hospital

1500 E Medical Center Dr 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Tejal Gandhi is an Infectious Disease doctor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Gandhi has been practicing medicine for over 22 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria. She is also highly rated in 9 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Asymptomatic Bacteriuria, HIV/AIDS, Pneumonia, and Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia. She is licensed to treat patients in Michigan. Dr. Gandhi is currently accepting new patients.

 
 
 
 
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Yale New Haven Health System

Yale New Haven Hospital

20 York St 
New Haven, CT 6510

Manisha Juthani-Mehta is an Infectious Disease doctor in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Juthani-Mehta has been practicing medicine for over 24 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria. She is also highly rated in 2 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Asymptomatic Bacteriuria, HIV/AIDS, Pneumonia, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. She is licensed to treat patients in Connecticut.

What are the possible complications of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria?

If it is not treated, you may have a kidney infection if you are at high risk.

When should I contact a medical professional for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria?

Call your provider if you have:

  • Difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Fever
  • Flank or back pain
  • Pain with urination

You will need to be checked for a bladder or kidney infection.

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What are the latest Asymptomatic Bacteriuria Clinical Trials?
The Effect of Screening and Treatment of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria Every Trimester During Pregnancy on Incidence of Preterm Birth in Harare, Zimbabwe
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The Risk of Symptomatic Bacteriuria and Persistence of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria After Removal of an Indwelling Urinary Catheter- a Prospective Observational Study Among Elderly Inpatients.
What are the Latest Advances for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria?
A Cross-Sectional Assessment of Urinary Tract Infections Among Geriatric Patients: Prevalence, Medication Regimen Complexity, and Factors Associated With Treatment Outcomes.
Preoperative bacteriuria positivity on urinalysis increases wound complications in primary total hip arthroplasty regardless of the urine culture result.
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A short course of antimicrobial therapy for asymptomatic bacteriuria is safe and effective before urologic procedures.
Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date : August 13, 2020
Published By : Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

What are the references for this article ?

Cooper KL, Badalato GM, Rutman MP. Infections of the urinary tract. In: Partin AW, Dmochowski RR, Kavoussi LR, Peters CA, eds. Campbell-Walsh-Wein Urology. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 55.

Smaill FM, Vazquez JC. Antibiotics for asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019;11:CD000490. PMID: 31765489 pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31765489/.

Zalmanovici Trestioreanu A, Lador A, Sauerbrun-Cutler M-T, Leibovici L. Antibiotics for asymptomatic bacteriuria. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015;4:CD009534. PMID: 25851268 pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25851268/.