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Diagnosis and management of recurrent urinary tract infections in non-pregnant women

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3140 (Published 29 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3140

Re: Diagnosis and management of recurrent urinary tract infections in non-pregnant women

Diagnosis and management of urinary tract infections need careful scrutiny and reporting. Reinfection is very common for patients coming from a rural set up. The cause of reinfection is poor diagnosis and non-compliance. Over the counter availability of drugs and treatment with antibiotics without knowing the cause of infection (Urine culture and antibiotic sensitivity) result in antibiotic resistance. Sometimes it results in chronic infection leading to kidney failure. The major cause in such instances is poor education and awareness. What we need is patient education and at times counseling to the whole family. This article reminds us and emphasizes the importance of family physician and community care.

Competing interests: No competing interests

30 May 2013
dhastagir s sheriff
Professor
FAculty of Medicine, Benghazi University
Benghazi, Libya