Could faecal testing be the key to treating recurrent UTIs?

Five-year Aussie study of patient points to possible way forward

Future UTI treatments could involve faecal testing to create a tailored treatment plan based on intestinal flora, say University of Queensland researchers after studying one patient’s recurrent infections.

Woman with UTI

Over five years, they tested urine samples from a 74-year-old US woman with a 45-year history of recurrent UTIs treated with a variety of antibiotics.

Using gene sequencing, they found that all of the samples contained an identical Escherichia coli clone, with some variants resistant to multiple antibiotics.

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