When Antibiotics May Not Be the Best Course of Treatment for Suspected UTI

A study concludes pelvic reconstructive surgery patients who had been catheterized are less likely to have the common E. coli bacteria, compared with those who weren’t catheterized and the odds of not having E. coli are even higher for diabetics and older patients. This makes a strong case for ordering a culture, in addition to prescribing an antibiotic, for these patients.

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