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Catheter-associated UTI

  • Definition

    Acatheter-associated urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that occurs in someone who has a tube (called a catheter) in place to drain urine from the body.

    Alternative Names

    UTI - catheter associated; Urinary tract infection - catheter associated; Nosocomial UTI; Health care associated UTI; Catheter-associated bacteriuria

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Having a catheter within the urinary tract your chances of an urinary tract infection. It may also make it harder to treat the infection.

    If a urinary catheter is left in place for a long time, bacteria will grow in it. A harmful infection may occur if the number of bacteria becomes large or if specific harmful bacteria grow in the urinary tract.

    Most catheter-associated UTIs are caused by bacteria. However, the fungus Candida may cause infections of the urinary tract.