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120 Trinity Place
Athens, GA 30607


Phone: (706) 543-2718
Fax: (706) 353-3709

120 Trinity Place
Athens, Georgia 30607

(706) 543-2718

Urinary Tract Infection in Women

Urinary tract infection is a broad term to describe an inflammatory response of the urinary tract (urethra, bladder, and kidneys) to an infectious organism. Most commonly, this infection is confined to the bladder (cystitis), but can also involve the urethra (urethritis)or kidneys (pyelonephritis).

Symptoms

Symptoms vary among individuals, but may include:

  • Dysuria
  • Urgency
  • Frequency
  • Bladder or pelvic pain
  • Incontinence
  • Fever

Evaluation

The evaluation begins with a detailed history and physical examination and may also include the following:

  • Urinalysis
  • Urine culture and sensitivity
  • Cystoscopy
  • Post-void residual measurement
  • CT scan or Cystourethrogram

Treatment

Treatment is individualized to each patient, depending on the underlying cause, and often more than one is utilized to yield the best result. Treatment varies depending on the location of the infection, age of the patient, whether it is a recurring or isolated infection, and the anatomical differences between individuals. Such treatments may include the following:

  • Short term antibiotics
  • Prophylactic antibiotics
  • Self-start antibiotics
  • Changing the bacterial environment
  • Surgical correction of anatomical abnormalities

Summary

Urinary tract infection is a common problem in women, but there are excellent treatment options available to minimize their impact. The Urology Clinic has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of UTIs, and we do so in a caring and efficient manner to allow patients to get back to their normal routines as quickly as possible.