Approximately 40 percent of women and 12 percent of men will experience a urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime. When the bacterial infection affects the lower urinary tract it is known as cystitis or bladder infection. If the upper urinary tract is involved it is called pyelonephritis or kidney infection. The urologists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) are experts at diagnosing and treating urinary tract infections.
During a UTI, the lining of the bladder and urethra become irritated, causing a host of symptoms. You may experience:
There are many triggers for UTIs, including:
Urinary tract infection is characterized by three different types:
In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic tests and procedures may include:
Specific treatment for your UTI will be determined by your physician based on:
Treatment may include:
It is not possible to prevent every UTI, but there are steps you can take to reduce risk:
You will receive a thorough diagnostic evaluation and receive clinically-proven treatment by a board-certified urologist who specializes in urinary tract infections. Our goal is to alleviate symptoms so you can return to every life. Appointments are confidential and private.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital practices a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, routinely collaborating with colleagues in other medical specialties. If your urologist discovers that an underlying illness has contributed to your UTI, you will be referred to an appropriate BWH physician for an evaluation.
Go to our online health library to learn more about urology diseases and tests.
Visit the Kessler Health Education Library in the Bretholtz Center for Patients and Families to access computers and knowledgeable staff.
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