Urinary infections are complex and hard to treatBMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5766 (Published 18 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5766
- James Malone-Lee, emeritus professor of medicine
- University College London, London N8 8JD, UK
Kronenberg and colleagues find that a quinolone beats a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug at treating dipstick positive urinary tract infections (UTIs).1 Why are we testing this? We have vastly more serious problems.
Culture of 103-106 colony forming units per µl of a pathogen is insensitive,2 and dipsticks are even worse.3 Dismissing UTI on dipstick or culture data confuses “no …