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Asymptomatic bacteriuria is a common condition in which bacteria are
present in the urine but there are no symptoms of a
urinary tract infection (UTI). It usually goes away
without treatment, but it can be permanent in some people.
Doctors disagree about whether treatment is needed for this
condition. And many experts believe treatment should be reserved for UTIs with
symptoms.1 But three groups should benefit from
treatment. They are:
Gupta K, Stamm WE (2008). Urinary tract infections. In DC Dale, DD Federman, eds., ACP Medicine, section 7, chap. 23. Hamilton, ON: BC Decker.
May 16, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
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