History a good indicator of acute UTI

THE Department of General Practice at the University of Amsterdam is developing a diagnostic index to identify which women are likely to have a urinary tract infection (UTI).

The study involved 196 women presenting with painful or frequent micturition, who completed a questionnaire about symptoms and provided a urine sample analysed by dipstick, slide and culture.

A UTI was confirmed in 61% of the women. This infection was usually caused by a single organism. Considerable pain when passing urine and vaginal irritation were associated with infection, as was a positive dipstick test for blood and nitrites