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Pharmacologic Management of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria and Urinary Tract Infections in Women


  • Katharine K. O’Dell CNM, PhD

Address correspondence to Katharine K. O’Dell, CNM, PhD, OB/GYN Department—Jaquith Building 4012, UMass Memorial Medical Center, 119 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA 01605. E-mail:


Many factors influence the decision to institute treatment for the common problems of urinary tract symptoms and/or the presence of microorganisms in the urine of women. This article summarizes current evidence related to treatment choice and compares selected treatment practice guidelines. Evidence related to prevention of recurrent infection without the use of antibiotics is included.