Managing urinary tract infection in women

Drug Ther Bull. 1998 Apr;36(4):30-2. doi: 10.1136/dtb.1998.36430.


Each year, around 5% of women present to their GPs with dysuria and frequency. About half have a urinary tract infection, as confirmed by the presence of a threshold ('significant') number of bacteria in their urine (usually defined as > or = 10(5)/mL). In the remaining women, symptoms occur in the absence of bacterial infection: this condition is referred to as urethral syndrome. In this article, we discuss the diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infection in women.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacteriuria / drug therapy
  • Cystitis / drug therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Urinary Catheterization / adverse effects
  • Urinary Tract Infections / diagnosis
  • Urinary Tract Infections / drug therapy*