Urinary tract infection. How has its management changed?

Postgrad Med. 1993 Apr;93(5):71-4, 77-8, 84-6. doi: 10.1080/00325481.1993.11701661.


In patients with apparent urinary tract infection, clinical presentation and results of physical examination and a few simple laboratory studies can identify patients who need urine culture and/or imaging studies and can guide initial therapy. A wide variety of effective antibiotics are available for various causes, and local patterns of microbial sensitivity and cost-effectiveness help govern drug selection. Response to therapy governs further treatment and follow-up. Exclusion of complicated infection and particular risk factors permits simplified but effective management of symptomatic recurrent infections.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents, Urinary / therapeutic use
  • Bacterial Infections / diagnosis
  • Bacterial Infections / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prostatitis / drug therapy
  • Pyelonephritis / diagnosis
  • Pyelonephritis / drug therapy
  • Recurrence
  • Urinary Tract Infections* / diagnosis
  • Urinary Tract Infections* / drug therapy
  • Urinary Tract Infections* / etiology


  • Anti-Infective Agents, Urinary