[Are there alternatives to antimicrobial therapy and prophylaxis of uncomplicated urinary tract infections?]

Urologiia. 2016 Aug:(3 Suppl 3):37-44.
[Article in Russian]


The acute uncomplicated cystitis in women is one of the most frequently diagnosed bacterial infection. A clinically symptomatic urinary tract infection must be differentiated from the asymptomatic bacteriuria, which is not considered an infection but rather a colonization which should not be treated. For the antimicrobial therapy according to the European guidelines the old oral antibiotics (fosfomycin trometamol, nitrofurantoin, pivmecillinam) should be prescribed, against which E. coli is still susceptible in over 90%. With new therapeutic concepts not mainly the elimination of bacteria but rather the treatment of the inflammatory (over)reaction of the host is highlighted. To establish the significance of these therapeutic options as compared to the standard antibiotic therapy, the results of the ongoing and planned phase 3 studies need to be awaited. Thus reliable clinical measuring parameters for diagnostics and outcome are needed. The acute cystitis symptom score (ACSS) was developed and validated in Russian and Uzbec languages. Because of its high reliability, validity and predictive value it can be used not only in daily practice but also for clinical studies for the diagnosis of an acute uncomplicated cystitis in women.

Keywords: acute cystitis symptom score; acute uncomplicated cystitis; asymptomatic bacteriuria; ciprofloxacin; fosfomycin; ibuprofen; nitrofurantoin; phytotherapy; pivmecillinam.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bacterial Infections* / therapy
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Cystitis* / prevention & control
  • Cystitis* / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Urinary Tract Infections* / prevention & control
  • Urinary Tract Infections* / therapy


  • Anti-Infective Agents