Asymptomatic bacteriuria. Clinical significance and management

Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2003 Oct;22 Suppl 2:45-7. doi: 10.1016/s0924-8579(03)00248-6.

Abstract

The clinical significance and management of asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) differs according to different groups of patients. ASB requires antibiotic treatment in pregnant women, children aged 5-6 years and prior to invasive genitourinary procedures. However, there is a consensus that ASB in the elderly, healthy school girls and young women, diabetic women and patients with indwelling catheters or intermittent catheterization has no clinical significance and antibiotic prescription is not indicated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bacteriuria / drug therapy*
  • Bacteriuria / epidemiology
  • Bacteriuria / etiology*
  • Catheterization / adverse effects
  • Child
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / drug therapy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / etiology
  • Prevalence
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / drug therapy
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / microbiology

Substances

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents