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Catheter-associated UTI

  • Alternative Names

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

    • Abnormal urine color (cloudy urine)
    • Blood in the urine (hematuria)
    • Foul or strong urine odor
    • Frequent urge to urinate
    • Leakage of urine around the catheter
    • Pressure in the lower abdomen or pelvis

    Other symptoms that may occur with this disease:

    • Chills
    • Fatigue
    • Fever
    • Flank pain
    • Mental changes or confusion *
    • Vomiting

    *Often in an elderly person, mental changes or confusion are the only signs of a possible urinary tract infection.

    Signs and tests

    The health care provider will perform a physical exam. Urine tests are done to check for infection:

    • Urinalysis may show white blood cells (WBCs) or red blood cells (RBCs).
    • Urine culture can help determine the type of bacteria in the urine and the appropriate antibiotic treatment.