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.
<p><strong>What Is A Urinary Tract Infection?</strong></p>
<p>A urinary tract infection (UTI), also referred to as a bladder infection or cystitis, occurs when bacteria enter the urinary tract and travel into the urethra to the bladder. A UTI is a common infection seen 10 times more often in women than in men. A kidney infection, also called pyelonephritis, occurs when the infection travels up into the kidneys. Pyelonephritis is less common than bladder infections but tends to be more serious.</p>
<p><strong>Who Gets Urinary Tract Infection?</strong></p>
<p>Approximately 50% of women will have one UTI or more in a lifetime. There is also a high recurrence rate, approaching 30-40% within six months to a year. UTIs are one of the most common causes of physician visits. The fact that women have a shorter urethra compared with men may play a role on why the condition is seen more frequently...
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