A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of one or more components of the urinary tract. The urinary tract consists of two kidneys, two ureters, a bladder, and a urethra.

Most UTIs are detected by performing a urinalysis and then confirmed with a urine culture. If there are pathogenic bacteria present, then susceptibility testing is done to make sure that the antibiotic that the doctor chooses will effectively treat the microorganism causing the infection. Although UTI symptoms vary, many people will experience:

  1. A strong, persistent desire to urinate
  2. A burning sensation during urination
  3. A cloudy, strong-smelling urine
  4. Lower back pain

Special Preparation: None.

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