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Asymptomatic Significant Bacteriuria in the Non-pregnant Woman

Br Med J 1969; 1 doi: (Published 29 March 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;1:799

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I. Description of a Population

  1. M. Sussman,
  2. A. W. Asscher,
  3. W. E. Waters,
  4. Joy A. S. Evans,
  5. H. Campbell,
  6. K. T. Evans,
  7. J. Edmund Williams


    The clinical, laboratory, and radiological findings in a group of 107 non-pregnant bacteriuric women and 88 controls have been compared. A previous history of urinary tract infection was more commonly obtained from the bacteriuric women. The means of the diastolic blood pressures, serum ureas, and erythrocyte sedimentation rates were significantly higher in the bacteriuric group, and acquired renal abnormalities were demonstrated in 18% of the bacteriuric women as compared with 4% of the controls. It is concluded that screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in the adult non-pregnant female population in many instances fails to detect urinary tract infection at an early and reversible stage.