The rise of resistant UTIs

URINARY tract infection (UTI) is a common clinical problem seen in general practice. After evaluation of the patient and determining that a UTI is present clinically, empiric treatment is often given, but preferably after collection of a midstream urine specimen (MSU) for laboratory testing. While up to 40% of uncomplicated lower UTI (L-UTI) may resolve without antibiotic therapy, many uncomplicated L-UTIs still require antibiotic therapy.

At the initial assessment, it is important to determine whether the infection is truly confined to the lower urinary