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Urinary tract infections in men

A 40-year-old man presented to his physician with a 3-day history of dysuria. The pain was moderately severe but only present during voiding. He had no urethral discharge and he had no pelvic pain. He had not been sexually active for over 1 month prior to his dysuria. On examination, his temperature was 37-4 C and the general physical exam was normal. The rectal examination showed a mildly enlarged but non-tender prostate. Urine analysis showed pyuria and bacteriuria. Urine culture was obtained and he was given ciprofloxacin 750 mg every 12 hours pending culture results. The culture eventually showed 105 colony forming units per milliliter of Escherichia coli susceptible to ciprofloxacin. The presentation in this case is comparable to UTIs that are seen in women. However, in men it is important to consider involvement of the prostate gland as well as the bladder, ureters, and kidneys. The literature on UTI in men is limited and groups together urinary infections, such as cystitis and...

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) pose particular problems in diagnosis and management. Urinary tract infections can range from being asymptomatic to causing systemic disease associated with pyelonephritis. The morbidity associated with UTI can be significant. Febrile UTIs reveal pyelonephritis, which can be detected by nuclear scanning. Because of these potentially serious consequences, it is imperative for the emergency physician to consider UTI as a cause of fever in the young child, to perform the appropriate diagnostic studies, to render adequate therapy, and arrange for follow-up. The presence of UTI should be strongly considered in infants and young children 2 mo to 2 yr of age with unexplained fever. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and several recent evidence-based studies on pediatric UTIs, the prevalence of UTIs in this setting is about 5 . In the age group of 2-5 yr of age, the incidence of UTIs is approximately 2 of boys, and up to 5 of the school-aged...

Urinary Tract Infection

Pregnant women with UTI are at increased risk for pyelonephritis, and pyelonephritis is a risk factor for preterm labor and low birth weight. The increased risk of pyelonephritis is the result of hydroureter, dilatation of the renal pelvis, and consequent urinary stasis. Pregnant patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria identified on microscopic analysis should have a urine culture performed and be treated if the culture is positive. Untreated, 25 percent will develop symptomatic infection, while treatment will decrease the incidence of symptomatic UTI by 80 to 90 percent.6 Symptomatic UTI requires a urine culture and antibiotic therapy. There are various regimens, although only 7-day regimens are recommended during pregnancy. The recurrence rate during pregnancy for all regimens is about 30 percent. Reliable patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria can be discharged after urine culture, with treatment withheld pending results of culture. If there is any question as to compliance with...

Urinary Tract Infection UTI

There is considerable controversy regarding the appropriate imaging of children with UTI to identify predisposing functional and anatomic abnormalities. Sometimes, an emergency evaluation is required because of diagnostic confusion based on atypical presentations, a negative urinalysis, or treatment failure based on persistent fever and toxicity 72 h following the initiation of therapy. Renal cortical scintigraphy (RCS) using Tc99m-DMSA is the most sensitive imaging modality for establishing the diagnosis of pyelonephritis. 24 In animal models, RCS has a sensitivity of 91 percent and specificity of 99 percent as compared with histopathology. 25 Results in humans with culture-positive UTI have shown a sensitivity of only 50 to 66 percent.26 While its sensitivity is low, RCS is more sensitive than ultrasound, CT, or IVP. 27 Controversy exists concerning the necessity of documenting renal scarring and pyelonephritis in a child with an apparently simple UTI. 2 29 Some clinicians advocate...

TABLE 1072 Chemotherapeutic Agents and Their Toxicities

The complications related to radiation are temporally divided into acute and chronic. The chronic manifestations may be further broken into gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and pulmonary. Acute findings include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cystitis, nephritis, pneumonitis, and myelosuppression. Gastrointestinal symptoms are often self-limiting and are controlled with supportive therapy including antiemetics, antidiarrheals, and avoidance of high-fiber diets. Newer studies point to glutamine-rich diets, and the use of sucralfate may further reduce diarrhea. The genitourinary symptoms range from infection to hemorrhagic cystitis with extreme pain. Treatment of these symptoms includes adequate hydration, surveillance for infection, and bladder irrigation with analgesia or steroids. Resolution of myelosuppression is often spontaneous and begins after radiation has been completed. Chronic findings are divided into gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and pulmonary. The most common complication...

TABLE 951 Common Bacterial Pathogens in Short Term Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection

Most catheter-related UTIs experienced in the emergency department setting are seen in patients with long-term indwelling catheters. It has been estimated that as many as 100,000 patients in nursing homes in the United States are catheterized at any given time. The prevalence of bacteriuria in this population is 100 percent, with as many as 95 percent of patients growing two or more strains of bacteria. Pathogens present in long-term catheterized patients are similar to those present in the short-term catheterization population, with the addition of Providencia stuartii, Morganella morganii, Pseudomonas sp., and Candida sp. Most patients requiring long-term catheterization have underlying illnesses and, as such, are subject to increased morbidity and mortality as a result of catheter-related complications. In elderly catheterized patients, as many as two-thirds of febrile illnesses are a result of UTI. 2 Despite this, little has been shown to reduce bacteriuria and its complications...

TABLE 901 Etioloqic Aqents in Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infection

Frequent and complete voiding has been associated with the reduction in recurrence of UTI. 5 Studies have found that the concentration of bacteria in the bladder may increase tenfold after sexual intercourse due to a milking action of the female urethra during intercourse. The use of a diaphragm and spermicide is also associated with recurrence in some patients, probably because the spermicide enhances vaginal colonization with E. coli.6 It is recommended, although unproven, that prompt voiding after intercourse may lessen the frequency of UTI. An increased urinary flow also dilutes the bacterial inoculum that occasionally occurs from sexual intercourse.5,6 Susceptibility to UTIs may have a genetic basis, that is, women who do not secrete blood group antigens (nonsecretors) have a high incidence of recurrent infection. This appears to be due to the presence of specific uroepithelial cell E. coli-binding glycolipids that promote fecal coliform colonization of the vagina. The majority...

Severe and complex urinary tract infections

This patient has a severe urinary tract infection requiring hospital admission.4 In addition to fever and flank tenderness, she has signs of possible sepsis with hypotension, rapid heart and respiratory rates, and mental clouding. Furthermore, her diabetes is out of control. Based on her clinical presentation, she has upper urinary tract disease (kidney, renal pelvis, or ureter) otherwise known as pyelonephritis. Because this woman is diabetic, she is by definition presenting with a complicated UTI. This is defined as either a disruption of the normal anatomy or physiology (as in this patient) of the urinary tract. Obstructions to urine flow such as stones, tumors or strictures can lead to more clinically severe infections. Alterations to barriers that normally maintain the unidirectional flow of urine such as vesicoureteral reflux and external bladder catheters can also predispose to severe infections. The presence of stones or catheters can also contribute a surface for the growth...

Cystitis And Pyelonephritis

The increased urinary stasis associated with pregnancy makes the urinary tract the most common infection during pregnancy. After midpregnancy, mild right-sided hydronephrosis can be found in 75 percent of patients and mild left-sided hydronephrosis is seen in 33 percent of patients. Asymptomatic bacteriuria is present in between 2 to 10 percent of pregnant women. Acute cystitis occurs in about 1 percent of pregnant women, whereas acute pyelonephritis occurs in approximately 2 percent of all pregnancies. The presentation of both cystitis and pyelonephritis is similar in pregnant and nonpregnant women. Causative organisms are similar to those in the general population, with Escherichia coli being the etiology in approximately 75 percent. It is not uncommon for acute pyelonephritis to precipitate preterm labor. Therefore prompt therapy is imperative. In addition, pregnant women are at increased risk for the development of bacteremia and septic shock as compared with the nonpregnant...

Lower Urinary Tract Infection

Lower Urinary Tract Infection (treat for 3-7 days) -Cefpodoxime (Vantin) 100 mg PO bid. -Cephalexin (Keflex) 500 mg PO q6h. -Cefixime (Suprax) 200 mg PO q12h or 400 mg PO qd. -Cefazolin (Ancef) 1-2 gm IV q8h. Complicated or Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection -Ceftizoxime (Cefizox) 1 gm IV q8h. Candida Cystitis

Treatment of acute uncomplicated cystitis in young women

Quinolones that are useful in treating complicated and uncomplicated cystitis include ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin, enoxacin (Penetrex), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), sparfloxacin (Zagam) and levofloxacin (Levaquin). 4. Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole remains the antibiotic of choice in the treatment of uncomplicated UTIs in young women. Fluoroquinolones are recommended for patients who cannot tolerate sulfonamides or trimethoprim or who have a high frequency of antibiotic resistance. Three days is the optimal duration of treatment for uncomplicated cystitis. A seven-day course should be considered in pregnant women, diabetic women and women who have had symptoms for more than one week.

Host resistance to UTI

The urine flow is a major host defense mechanism as shown by the drastically increased frequency of UTI in patients with catheters or other mechanical defects. Individuals prone to UTI have an increased tendency to carry uropathogenic E. coli in the intestinal flora and introital area. Epithelial cells from these sites have a higher density of receptors than cells from healthy controls. The establishment of bacteria in the urinary tract is also thought to be influenced by the host expression of receptors for bacterial adhesins. The P blood group determines expression of the globoseries of glycolipids P individuals run an 11-fold increased risk of suffering from recurrent pyelonephritis compared to individuals. The mucosal expression of A, B, H determinants is influenced by the ABH blood group and secretor state. Bacteria which recognize the globo A receptor infect individuals of the A,Pi blood group, who express this receptor in the urinary tract. Blood group ABH nonsecretors have...

Sd Urinary Tract Infections

Diagnosis Treatment Acute.Cystitis Urinary tract infection (UTI) is defined as significant bacteriuria in the presence of symptoms. It affects an estimated 20 percent of women at some point in their lifetime, and accounts for a significant number of emergency department visits. In the elderly, UTI is a major cause of nosocomial gram-negative sepsis with a significant mortality.

Harmful Effects of Female Circumcision or Female Genital Mutilation

The medical consequences of female genital mutilation are quite grave (El Dareer Koso-Thomas). In Africa an estimated ninety million females are affected (Hosken). Three levels of health problems are associated with the practice. Immediate problems include pain, shock, hemorrhage, acute urinary retention, urinary infection, septicemia, blood poisoning, fever, tetanus, and death. Occasionally, force is applied to position candidates for the operation, and as a result, fractures of the clavicle, humerus, or femur have occurred. Intermediate complications include pelvic infection, painful menstrual periods, painful and difficult sexual intercourse, formation of cysts and abscesses, excessive growth of scar tissue, and the development of prolapse and fistulae. A fistula is an abnormal passage a hole (opening) between the posterior urinary bladder wall and the vagina or a hole between the anterior rectal wall and the vagina. Late complications include accumulation of menstrual blood of...

Acute uncomplicated cystitis in young women

Sexually active young women are most at risk for UTIs. B. Approximately 90 percent of uncomplicated cystitis episodes are caused by Escherichia coli, 10 to 20 percent are caused by coagulase-negative Staphylococcus saprophyticus and 5 Urinary Tract Infections in Adults Acute uncomplicated cystitis Recurrent cystitis in young women If the patient has more than three cystitis episodes per year, treat pro-phylactically with postcoital, patient- directed or continuous daily therapy Acute cystitis in young men Same as for acute uncomplicated cystitis Complicated urinary tract infection Catheter-asso ciated urinary tract infection Antibiotic Therapy for Urinary Tract Infections Acute uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women Complicated urinary tract infections Urinary tract infections in young men

TABLE 902 Guidelines to Outpatient Management of Uncomplicated UTI

Trimethoprim alone or in combination with sulfamethoxazole (cotrimoxazole or TMP SMX) is generally recommended because these are cheap and effective ( Table 90-3). Nitrofurantoin is also effective though compliance with frequent dosing is a problem and nitrofurantoin is not effective against S. saprophyticus. Because of increased bacterial resistance, extended-spectrum penicillins (e.g., amoxicillin) and cephalosporins have become less-acceptable alternatives. In cases of treatment failure, or in the host with a structural or immunologic defect, use of amoxicillin with clavulanic acid or one of the fluoroquinolones may be considered. Concern about the emergence of resistant organisms and expense preclude indiscriminate use of the latter agents. In uncomplicated UTIs, the urine should be bacteria-free in 24 to 48 h with substantial relief of symptoms within the same time period. The offer of one to two days of an oral bladder analgesic, such as phenazopyridine, is considerate when...

Complicated UTI

A complicated UTI is one that occurs because of enlargement of the prostate gland, blockages, or the presence of resistant bacteria. C. Enterococci are frequently encountered uropathogens in complicated UTIs. In areas in which vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium is prevalent, quinupristin-dalfopristin (Synercid) may be useful. D. Patients with complicated UTIs require at least a 10- to 14-day course of therapy. Follow-up urine cultures should be performed within 10 to 14 days after treatment.

Radiation Cystitis

Radiation cystitis is a late complication of radiotherapy which, by definition, occurs at least 90 days after the initiation of radiation treatment but maybe delayed up to 10 years or more (Cox et al. 1995). Most patients develop severe irritative voiding symptoms however, gross hematuria dominates the clinical picture (Pas-quier et al. 2004). While any patient receiving pelvic radiotherapy is at risk, radiation cystitis is most common among those treated for prostate or cervical cancer. Three to five percent of such patients will develop late grade 3 hematuria, the incidence of which is directly related to both the biologic dose and the volume of tissue irradiated (Perez 1998 Lawton et al. 1991 Shipley et al. 1988 Dearnaley et al. 1999). In contrast to acute changes, late radiation injuries are irreversible and often progressive. There appears to be no correlation between the development of early and late radiation injuries. The pathophysiology of late radiation damage includes...

Hemorrhagic Cystitis

Hemorrhagic cystitis is defined as gross hematuria secondary to diffuse inflammation of the bladder. Viral infection, radiation-induced inflammation, and chemotherapy-induced inflammation account for the majority of cases among cancer patients. While relatively un- common in patients with genitourinary malignancies, viral-mediated hemorrhagic cystitis occurs in as many as 50 of patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation (Bedi et al. 1995). The principle etiologic factor involved is the BK polyomavirus. Viral-mediated hemorrhagic cystitis often occurs several weeks after transplantation and is usually self-limited. The role of antiviral therapy is unclear at present therefore, no specific treatment recommendations beyond standard hematu-ria management can be made for viral hemorrhagic cystitis. The association between hemorrhagic cystitis and the oxazaphosphorine alkylating agents, cyclophos-phamide and ifosfamide, has been well documented (Philips et al. 1961 Burkert 1983...

Acute Cystitis

The selection of antibiotics depends on the suspected bacteriology of the infection, the patient's compliance, potential drug toxicity, and cost. 12 In uncomplicated UTIs, E. coli is the offending microorganism in the vast majority of cases, and this and other typical coliform pathogens remain susceptible to a variety of agents trimethoprim, co-trimoxazole, nitrofurantoin macrocrystals, and the fluoroquinolones ( Ta.b e,.9.0.-2).

Assessment of the Painful

Hip Adductor Tendonitis Mri

A thorough physical examination, including a baseline temperature and vital signs, should be performed. Patients who complain of hip pain and are febrile need to be worked up aggressively in order to rule out hip pyarthrosis. Though hip infections are rare in skeletally mature individuals without a prior history of hip surgery, one must always consider this diagnosis, especially with the growing number of immuno-compromised patients. Usually, pyarthrosis can be ruled out with a careful history and exam, but radiographs and laboratory studies are additionally helpful. Occasionally, a hip aspirate is required to eliminate the possibility of joint sepsis. Other rare causes of hip discomfort and fever include psoas abscess, prostatitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and urinary tract infection. adnexal mass can often be palpated on exam, and an ultrasound can confirm this diagnosis.13 A patient with a femoral pseudoaneurysm can present with vague anterior groin discomfort that can be...

Table 62 Differential diagnosis of renal colic

Palpate distant extremity pulses Mild to severe flank pain, although typically not as acute as renal colic More prolonged prodrome, with fever Urinalysis shows pyuria and bacteruria CAUTION renal obstruction with pyelonephritis is a urologic emergency requiring prompt consultation Secondary to passage of sloughed papillae down ureter Seen in patients with sickle cell disease, diabetes, NSAID abuse, or history of acute or chronic UTI UA can show hematuria and pyuria Requires urologic consultation with possible admission

Clinical Significance

The organism can invade the submucosa of the large bowel, causing ulcerative abscess and hemorrhagic lesions to occur. The shallow ulcers are prone to secondary infections by bacteria and can be problematic for the patient (Knight, 1978b). In few cases, extraintestinal disease such as peritonitis, urinary tract infection, and

Complications Of Ureteral Stents

Placement of the ureteral stent itself initiates a foreign-body reaction and can predispose patients to an increased risk of urinary tract infection up to a 7.5 percent incidence of positive urine cultures in patients with stents. Studies have shown that a higher rate of UTI exists as long as 1 month after the removal of the stent. When a UTI does occur, stent removal is not mandatory, because most infections can be managed with outpatient antibiotics. If pyelonephritis or systemic infection is evident, however, then further evaluation and emergent intervention are indicated. Plain x-ray examination and urologic consultation for evaluation of stent migration malfunction are indicated. Antibiotic therapy should also be initiated in a timely manner. Dysuria, urinary urgency, frequency, and abdominal and flank discomfort are common complaints in patients with ureteral stents. The use of analgesics and anticholinergics provides some relief. In some extreme cases, though, a few days of...

Disorders Involving the Foreskin

Pathologic phimosis associated with obstruction of urinary stream, recurrent urinary tract infections, or recurrent bouts of balanoposthitis represents an indication for referral to a urologist or pediatric surgeon for elective circumcision. Nonsurgical management of pathologic phimosis has been proposed. Case reports and case series reports of balloon dilatation and topical steroids suggest a limited role for these approaches. Management of the more common nonspecific balanoposthitis involves local hygiene measures, including sitz baths and gentle cleaning of the foreskin sulcus and glans penis. The soothing effect of a warm-water sitz bath also facilitates voiding in many children with voluntary urinary retention due to dysuria from a variety of causes. Some clinicians recommend the application of 0.5 hydrocortisone cream to the affected parts. Antimicrobial topical ointments that do not contain neomycin have been traditionally recommended, but their utility is unproved....

Trichomonas Vaginalis

Infection ranges from asymptomatic carrier state to severe, acute inflammatory disease. A vaginal discharge is reported by 50 to 75 percent of patients. It may vary in character from the classic picture of a yellow-green frothy discharge, seen in 20 to 30 percent of patients, to a gray discharge to scant or no discharge. Other symptoms include vulvovaginal soreness and irritation (25 to 50 percent) pruritis, which may be severe (25 to 50 percent) dysuria (25 percent) and malodorous discharge (25 percent). A sense of vulvovaginal fullness may be intense or mild. As many as half of symptomatic women complain of some degree of dyspareunia. Symptoms may be more severe before, during, or after menstruation when the vaginal pH is more alkaline. Lower abdominal pain is rare and should alert the physician to the possibility of other diseases.

Hormonal versus nonhormonal

Nonhormonally responsive diseases should be considered for pain that is not related to menses, including chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, adhesions inflammation from previous pelvic surgery, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, fibromyalgia, and interstitial cystitis.

TABLE 8811 Diagnostic Sequence for Acute Renal Failure ARF

Large postvoid residuals after catheterization suggest obstruction below the bladder, and catheter drainage should be maintained until the obstruction is relieved. To prevent hypotension and hematuria, the traditional recommendation is for intermittent clamping of the catheter during drainage of a distended bladder, but experimental and clinical evidence provides no support for this tradition. 31 Hematuria upon catheter drainage of a distended bladder is related to the degree of bladder wall damage before relief obstruction and not correlated with the rate of emptying. Urine should be completely and rapidly drained from an obstructed bladder, because prolonged urine stasis only predisposes the patient to urinary tract infection, urosepsis, and renal failure.

Clinical Conditions in Prepubertal Children

URETHRAL PROLAPSE The etiology of urethral prolapse is unknown. It frequently occurs between the ages of 2 and 10 and is more common in black children. It may present as a red or purplish, soft spongy mass approximately 1 to 2 cm in diameter, with a central dimple at the urethral meatus. Urethral prolapse may be discovered surreptitiously during a routine examination of an asymptomatic child. Vaginal bleeding is the presenting complaint in 90 percent of cases. Painless vaginal bleeding may be associated with urinary frequency or dysuria in 25 percent of cases. At times, it is difficult to discern whether the mass is urethral or vaginal in origin. Observing the child urinating on a bedpan may help to determine the etiology and precludes the use of a urinary catheter to confirm the diagnosis. Urethral prolapse is usually treated simply with sitz baths and application of topical estrogen creams. Patients presenting with red or necrotic mucosa may require surgical intervention under...

Circumcision Complications

The clinical presentation of a child with meatal stenosis is typical. It usually comes to the attention of the family of a boy only after the age of toilet training. The family relates that the boy's urine stream is notably difficult to control. There exists a characteristic dorsal deflection of the urinary stream, and the boy may complain of intermittent dysuria, blood spotting on his underwear due to meatal inflammation, and occasionally urinary frequency or a sense of voiding urgency due to residual urethral urine following voiding. Prolonged voiding times are not unusual, and some boys condition themselves to sit while voiding in their efforts to cope with these symptoms.

TABLE 903 Cost Comparison of Urinary Antimicrobial Agents 10Day Course

Until the last decade, the duration of antibiotic treatment for a UTI was 7 to 10 days. Multiple studies of shorter treatment regimens for uncomplicated infections in nonpregnant adult women have been published and three days has become the recommended standard.23 and H3 Short-course treatment appears to offer a number of advantages cost and side effects are substantially reduced, compliance improves, and the development of resistant strains of bacteria is less likely. However, 20 to 30 percent of patients given short-course therapy fail treatment and or quickly relapse. In addition, three-day regimens are not adequate for all patients and a seven-day course is recommended for pregnant women, those with symptoms over a week, patients with diabetes, individuals who had a previous recent UTI, those who are older than 65 years, and women who use a diaphragm.4 These recommendations for 3-day treatment courses has also generated concern regarding the entity of subclinical pyelonephritis,...

Bladder Vesical Stones

Vesical calculi may occur at any age and are endemic in some developing countries.25 In endemic areas and historically, the vast majority occur in males and develop in early childhood. In western, industrialized countries, 90 percent occur in males, and 80 percent occur in patients over 50 years of age. Calculi are associated with outflow obstruction or neuropathic bladder disease in 70 percent of cases. Urinary tract infection, vesical diverticuli, and the presence of foreign bodies (e.g., sutures, catheters, or implants) also predispose to bladder calculi. Bladder calculi have been reported in children and adults as a complication of urologic surgery. Calcium oxalate is the most common constituent of bladder stones, but urate and struvite stones also occur. Stones are usually solitary, but multiple stones occur in 25 to 30 percent of cases.26 Bladder calculi may be asymptomatic, especially in patients with underlying prostatic obstruction. Typical symptoms are intermittent dysuria...

Complications Of The Artificial Urinary Sphincter

Cuff erosion, which is the most common cause of total sphincter failure, tends to occur more commonly in female patients, especially when either the bladder or the vagina has been injured during the implantation procedure. The incidence ranges between 1.3 and 18 percent but has decreased in recent years. After implantation, the device is left in the deactivated state postoperatively for 8 to 12 weeks to allow perivesicular inflammation to decrease as well as to allow the urethra to restore vascularity before regular use of the AUS. Further risk factors for cuff erosion include increased cuff pressure, decreased cuff size, and urethral catheterization, all of which may lead to cuff erosion secondary to pressure necrosis. Patients with cuff erosions tend to present several months postoperatively and may present with any of the following perineal pain, urethral discharge, gross hematuria, dysuria, urinary urgency or frequency, or recurrent incontinence. Urologic consultation is...

Proteinmicroarray Formats

Synchronous Health Care Images

Conversely, with the RPA (Figure 7.2), individual lysates are immobilized on the array. Each array can contain many lysates from different patient samples that are incubated with one antibody. The antibody levels are measured and directly compared across many samples. For this reason, RPAs do not require direct labeling of the patient proteins and do not utilize a two-site antibody sandwich. Hence, there is no experimental variability introduced due to labeling yield, efficiency, or epitope 'Uti

Treating urinary tract endometriosis

Differentiating between interstitial cystitis and endometriosis in the bladder Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a complicated disease many doctors feel it may actually be several diseases that can cause symptoms identical to those of endometriosis. IC is a chronic inflammation of the bladder affecting mostly women. Symptoms occur when the immune system allows the protective coating of the bladder to wear away in small areas, exposing the bladder wall to irritants. So, like endometriosis, IC may have an autoimmune component. When this layer is missing, the underlying cells can become irritated. Although the bladder has no infection, the symptoms of painful urination with urgency and frequency are the same symptoms you may feel if you have a urinary tract infection. Most people automatically assume that bladder pain or pain on urination is an infection. You may be tempted to treat yourself when you have bladder symptoms by taking any old antibiotics you have lying around the house. Doing...

Sacrocaudal dysgenesis in Manx cats

Rectal Deformity Kittens

The prognosis for severely affected cats is frequently hopeless and treatment is not available. Cats with urinary and faecal incontinence may be managed with manual bladder expression and faecal softening agents, but recurrent urinary tract infection, megacolon and chronic constipation are common problems. Meningocoele in cats with minimal neurological deficits may be surgically correctable. Many tailless cats do not have neurological signs, and sacral and caudal deformities often are incidental radiological findings.

Clinical Features

In younger patients, microscopic hematuria is most often caused by nephrolithiasis or urinary tract infection. It is also important to consider such disorders as glomerulonephritis, immune complex disease, Goodpasture's syndrome, Henoch-Schonlein purpura and Wilms' tumor in children, and sickle cell anemia or trait. Poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis is more common in children and typically follows a throat or skin infection. Symptoms appear 7 to 14 days after the primary infection, and the subsequent findings can vary from isolated hematuria to severe nephritis. Unfortunately, treatment of the primary streptococcal infection with antibiotics does not prevent poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis. IgA nephropathy develops several days after a viral respiratory infection and is often accompanied by proteinuria secondary to glomerular damage from immune-complex deposition. In older patients, infections and nephrolithiasis remain common causes of hematuria, but after age 40 any...

Basil And Functional Food Applications

The long-term goal of this project is to use the tools of biotechnology to develop improved clonal lines of dietary herbs and improved fermentation process for dietary legumes to generate consistent, nontoxic, and clinically relevant levels of phenolic metabolites for use as antimicrobials against chronic diseases caused by ulcer-associated Helicobacter pylori and urinary tract infection-associated Escherichia coli. Plant phenolic metabolites such as capsaicin from diet are known to be associated with low rate of ulcers through inhibition of H. pylori (49), and currently available synthetic drug treatments have significant side effects (50,51). Phenolics from cranberry have potential for use against urinary tract infections linked to E. coli (52). Use of dietary source of diverse antimicrobial-type plant phenolics could lead to reduced use of antibiotics and therefore reduce the potential increase in antibiotic-resistant, disease-causing bacteria. In addition, plant phenolic...

Acquired neuropathies

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Emg

Feline dysautonomia is a polyneuropathy of unknown cause that affects autonomic ganglia, resulting in failure of the autonomic nervous system. The disease was first reported in the UK in the 1980s but has since been uncommon until increased numbers of cases were diagnosed in the early 2000s. There is usually a rapid onset of clinical signs, developing over 48 h, but slower progressive development can occur. Clinical signs include dilated pupils, prolapsed nictitating membranes, bradycardia, dry mucous membranes, megaoesophagus, regurgitation, constipation, bladder atony, dysuria, urinary incontinence, loss of anal tone and reflex, and anorexia. Cats become dehydrated and without nursing support and fluid replacement will deteriorate rapidly.

Disorders of the Labia

The girl with labial agglutination is most often asymptomatic, and the diagnosis comes to the physician's attention through parental concern or during routine examination. Some children have symptoms of urethritis others have difficulties in toilet training due to the tendency for the perineum to remain moist from pocketed urine. Urinary tract infections are common. Most girls exhibiting labial agglutination require no treatment, since the adhesions resolve spontaneously during puberty. Girls whose labial agglutination results in recurrent urinary tract infections, toileting difficulties, or difficulties in visualizing the urethra should probably be treated. Almost always, the agglutination responds to removal of the source of the caustic irritation coupled with careful application of topical estrogen cream (0.1 conjugated estrogen vaginal cream) twice daily for 2 to 4 weeks. LICHEN SCLEROSIS ATROPHICA Although uncommon in prepubertal girls, lichen sclerosis is being increasingly...

Anti Endotoxin Antibodies

The setting where antiendotoxin antibody therapy is therapeutic and cost-effective remains to be defined. Neither E5 nor HA-1A benefited the approximately 30 percent of individuals who did not have a gram-negative infection. Separating patients with gram-positive sepsis from those with gram-negative sepsis based upon clinical symptoms and presenting signs alone is difficult. Early laboratory diagnosis of gram-negative bacteremia or endotoxemia is not currently available. The rapid identification of the presence of gram-negative organisms from potential sites of infection (UTI pneumonia abdominal infection CNS infections soft tissue infections decubitus or cellulitis in the setting of diabetes or peripheral vascular disease) is critical for interventions and antiendotoxin antibody therapy. Gram's stain and other rapid assays remain the most valuable tests for rapid identification of gram-negative organisms in clinical specimens.

Development Of Continence

Other descriptors of NE behavior include number of wet nights per week, and number of wets per night. Some children will arouse upon wetting and others will not. A minority of children with NE are considered polysymptomatic, that is, they have coexisting urinary tract infections, dysuria (painful urination), frequency

TABLE 966 Cyclosporine Drug Interactions

ANCILLARY TESTS Renal failure in transplant patients is defined as a 20 percent rise from baseline serum creatinine levels, as opposed to a 50 percent rise in other patients with ARF. As in all cases of ARF, the workup begins with a urinalysis (Table. 96.-7). Red blood cell casts and proteinuria are commonly seen in recurrent or de novo glomerulonephritis. The presence of white blood cells, bacteria, and nitrites is helpful in diagnosing UTIs. Routine determinations of electrolyte, blood urea nitrogen, and creatinine are rarely diagnostic of the etiology of ARF but may be helpful in determining volume status and identifying hyperkalemia, occasionally seen with CYA toxicity. CYA blood levels should be determined for all patients because of the high incidence of CYA-induced ARF. Renal ultrasound is the best test to rule out urinary obstruction. Renal biopsy is the gold standard for diagnosing rejection.

Coryneform Bacteria Infection And Immunity

Caseous lymphadenitis in sheep and goats and ulcerative lymphangitis in horses results from infection with C. pseudotuberculosis. The disease is pyogenic despite the fact that C. pseudotuberculosis may produce its own toxin ('C. ovis toxin') as well as diphtheria toxin. The toxins appear to play little part in animal disease. C. ulcerans is also able to produce both these toxins and has given rise to classical diphtheria in humans. The C. renale, C. pilosum, C. cysti-tidis group cause bovine cystitis and pyelonephritis associated with extensive necrosis.

Naming the main symptoms

Painful urination Pain with urination isn't unique to endometriosis many problems, including bladder infection and interstitial cystitis (chronic bladder inflammation) can cause bladder pain. Furthermore, all bladder pains aren't alike. For example, bladder pain can feel like any or all of the following Endometriosis of the bladder can cause any of these preceding symptoms, which is why it can be hard to diagnose and treat. You may mistake many of your symptoms for urinary tract infections and may think your doctor can just prescribe an antibiotic. However, you need a urine sample. Having a urine analysis and culture to check your urine for bacteria and other abnormalities is important, especially if you have seemingly endless urinary tract infections. Cultures will be negative for bacteria when you have endometriosis or interstitial cystitis and antibiotics can do nothing to cure your symptoms. Unnecessary antibiotics can do more harm than good.

Clinical Presentation

Individuals in the vegetative state require a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. Their course is frequented by extended hospital stays and multiple complications, such as pneumonia, decubiti, urinary incontinence, and urinary infection. In addition, patients may experience disordered neuroendocrine dysfunction with elevated profiles of growth hormone, prolactin, luteinizing hormone, and cortisol.

TABLE 1372 Clinical Features of Genital Ulcers

HERPES SIMPLEX INFECTIONS Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) or HSV-1 can cause genital herpes infections by infection of mucosal surfaces or nonintact skin. Primary infections are characterized by painful pustular or ulcerative lesions occurring 8 to 16 days after contact with an infected individual (although infections can be asymptomatic). Systemic symptoms are common and include fever, headache, and myalgias. Dysuria is common, whereas urinary retention secondary to swelling and pain is not uncommon. Approximately 80 percent of patients also have lymphadenopathy, and aseptic meningitis can occur. The untreated illness lasts 2 to 3 weeks to complete healing. Unfortunately, the virus remains latent, and recurrent infections occur in 60 to 90 percent of patients. These are usually milder and of shorter duration.

Characteristics of the organism and its antigens

Oligodendrocyte Nucleus Size

BKV excretion in urine is associated temporally with hemorrhagic cystitis which is a frequent complication in bone marrow transplant recipients, especially in those receiving allogeneic marrow. Ureteral stenosis, an uncommon late complication of renal transplantation, is associated with BKV infection. BKV was incriminated as the likely cause of a fatal tubulointerstitial nephritis in a child with a primary immunodeficiency disease. Nonfatal cases of cystitis in healthy children have been occasionally linked to BKV infection. BKV and JCV are reactivated in pregnancy but do no apparent harm to the women and are not transmitted to the fetus.

TABLE 1221 Differential Diagnosis of Vomiting

Other causes of acute diarrhea are uncommon but must be considered. In agricultural areas, poisoning with anticholinesterase insecticides, organophosphates, and carbamates must be considered, especially if diarrhea is accompanied by profuse sweating, lacrimation, hypersalivation, and abdominal cramps. Vomiting and diarrhea may also be a nonspecific presentation for other infectious diseases, such as otitis media, urinary tract infection, or other more serious conditions, including intussusception, malrotation, increased intracranial pressure, and metabolic acidosis.

Pyelonephritis and Pyonephrosis


Urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs in approximately 8 of girls and 6 of boys during their first 6 years of life (Marild and Jodal 1998). Although older patients Although VCUG and renal US are necessary investigations that must be performed following the diagnosis and treatment of UTI in children, controversy persists regarding the utility of nuclear medicine renography to diagnose acute pyelonephritis. In general, most investigators believe that dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) scanning could be safely omitted in children with mild to moderate infection however, patients with signs of upper urinary tract infection, including high fever ( 38.5 C), flank pain, or abnormalities detected on US, should undergo renography (Naber et al. 2001 Deshpande and Jones 2001) (Fig. 8.16). Not only will this act as a baseline, but also acute photopenic areas detected on DMSA can be subsequently reevalua-ted in order to determine if renal scarring has occurred. Uncomplicated lower-tract infection maybe...

Testes and Epididymis

Appendix Testis Torsion

EPIDIDYMITIS The onset of pain in epididymitis or epididymo-orchitis is usually more gradual than that of testicular torsion because of its inflammatory etiology. Bacterial infection is the most common cause and tends to be age-dependent. In young boys with documented epididymitis or epididymo-orchitis, congenital anomalies of the lower urinary tract in addition to chemical epididymitis secondary to retrograde reflux of sterile urine into the globus minor (tail of the epididymis) must be considered. In patients less than 40 years of age, epididymitis is primarily due to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or their complications, i.e., urethral stricture. In gay men with epididymitis or epididymo-orchitis, fungal infection of the lower urinary tract in addition to the more common STD organisms must be considered. In patients over 40 years of age, epididymitis is caused by common urinary pathogens such as Escherichia coli and Klebsiella. These patients will most often have pyuria on...

Secondline agents consist of one of the following

Women in whom a particular disease process is suspected, such as adenomyosis, uterine leiomyomata, irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis, diverticulitis, or fibromyalgia should undergo further diagnostic testing and disease-specific treatment.

Stress Response and Immunologic Parameters

Other cell products, and not the cell function itself (e.g., account, ratio, concentration, and activity of immunological cells). The essential clinical outcomes after surgery concerning immunological functions are infections (e.g., sepsis, pneumonia, urinary tract infection, and local wound-related infections) and cancer growth (e.g., metastasis and local tumor spread). However, there is no study in the field of laparoscopic surgery demonstrating an association between changes of intra- and postoperative immune function and the occurrence of clinical complications.

Candida vulvovaginitis

Vulvar pruritus is the dominant feature. Women may also complain of dysuria (external rather than urethral), soreness, irritation, and dyspareunia. There is often little or no discharge that which is present is typically white and clumpy. Physical examination often reveals erythema of the vulva and vaginal mucosa. The discharge is thick, adherent, and cottage cheese-like.

Medical Infections In Surgical Patients

Nasotracheal intubation and to a lesser degree orotracheal intubation increase the risk of sinusitis. Lumbar puncture and both spinal and epidural anesthesia carry a small risk of meningitis. Instrumentation of the urinary tract increases the risk of cystitis and pyelonephritis. Patients with hemodialysis access or other implantable or temporary central venous access methods are at risk for bacterial endocarditis. Similarly, patients with preexisting valvular heart disease are at risk for seeding of the valves during invasive procedures. Patients receiving antibiotics, even those receiving only a prophylactic dose, are at risk for Clostridium difficile colitis. Patients receiving blood transfusions have a slight risk of hepatitis or HIV exposure, although transmission by transfusion continues to decrease with technological improvements.

Therapy for the ambulatory patient

The results of urine cultures in ambulatory patients with UTIs show a great preponderance for Escherichia coli. Although E. coli is a common commensal of the GI tract, the strains that cause UTIs are a subset of GI adapted strains that are also able to adhere to the periurethral area and to the cells lining the urinary tract. Similarly other gram-negative bacteria (such as Klebsiella spp., Proteus spp.) with uropathogenic attributes can also cause UTIs in otherwise healthy people. There are two important gram-positive uropathogens of ambulatory women. Staphylococcus saprophyticus (a coagulase-negative staphylococcus) is present in young women especially during the summer months, and Enterococcus is uncommon in ambulatory patients but sometimes causes infection in people who have received antibiotics previously. The concentration of these organisms in the urine has been the source of some disagreement in the past. While quantitative cultures usually show a large number of organisms...

Difficulties with the WHO Definitions

Sound and decayed teeth, both painful childbirth and painful urination, and both the beating of the heart and myocardial infarction (another thing the heart is seen to do), yet the second item in each pair is abnormal. The concept of a human organ and its function is inseparable from the concept of what is normal for human beings (an evaluative, teleological concept), and any definition of normality that refers to the functions of organs assumes the concept of the normal in the attempt to define it. (The biologist's concept of the function of an organ need not depend on cultural assumptions, however. It only presupposes the distinction between normal and abnormal.)

Emergency Diagnosis and Management

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) and pyelonephritis must be excluded during any MS exacerbation, especially those associated with a residual urine greater than 100 cc.15 A postvoid residual urine determination should be made whenever there is clinical evidence of a UTI or significant bacteriuria. A urine culture should be performed, and antibiotic therapy initiated. When possible, discharged patients should manage elevated residual urine volumes with intermittent sterile catheterization as opposed to placement of a Foley catheter.

Surgical Treatment 7421

Many authors have reported the risk of incrustation secondary to hypercalciuria of pregnancy (Borboroglu and Kane 2000 Goldfarb et al. 1989 Loughlin 1994). This risk is reduced by increasing fluid intake, controlling calcium intake, and treatment of UTI if necessary (Biyani and Joyce 2002b). To avoid incrustations, some authors advise changing the double-J stent every 4-8 weeks (Denstedt and Razvi 1992 Loughlin and Bailey 1986), thus multiplying hospitalizations and the risks related to endoscopic procedures. Other authors prefer to avoid the double-J stent at the beginning of pregnancy and reserve its use for after the 22nd week (Denstedt and Razvi 1992 Goldfarb et al. 1989 Loughlin and Bailey 1986 Stothers and Lee 1992).

Chapter References

Johnson JR, Stamm WE Urinary tract infections in women Diagnosis and treatment. Ann Intern Med 111 906, 1989. 3. Lipsky BA Urinary tract infections in men Epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Ann Intern Med 110 138, 1989. 4. Stamm WE, Hooton TM Management of urinary tract infections in adults. N Engl J Med 329 1328, 1993. 5. Hooten TM, Scholes D, Hughes JP, et al A prospective study of risk factors for symptomatic urinary tract infection in young women. N Engl J Med 335 468, 1996. 10. Leibovici L, Greenshtain S, Cohen O, et al Predictors of bacteremia and resistant pathogens in urinary tract infections. Arch Intern Med 152 2481, 1992. 11. Thanassi M Utility of urine and blood cultures in pyelonephritis. Acad Emerg Med 4 797, 1997. 13. Hooten TM, Winter C, Tiu F, Stamm WE Randomized comparative trial and cost analysis of 3-day antimicrobial regiments for treatment of acute cystitis in women. JAMA 273 41, 1995.

History of present pregnancy

Medical problems during this pregnancy should be reviewed, including urinary tract infections, diabetes, or hypertension. 8. Review of systems. Severe headaches, scotomas, hand and facial edema, or epigastric pain (preeclampsia) should be sought. Dysuria, urinary frequency or flank pain may indicate cystitis or pyelonephritis.

Urinary Tract Problems

Dyssynergia, overflow incontinence, dribbling incontinence from an open bladder neck, vesicoureteral reflux, renal calculi, and urinary tract infections are common problems in this population. Children may be on prophylactic antibiotics, oxybutynin, or imipramine in an attempt to eliminate infections, minimize upper tract damage, 70 percent of this population, and in the absence of vesicoureteral reflux, treatment is reserved for those with symptomatic urinary tract infection. Use of nitrofurantoin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, or amoxicillin is advised until culture results are available to minimize development of resistant strains of bacteria. Prior to treating an infection, it is important to know what antibiotics are currently in use. If broad-spectrum antibiotics have been used recently, there is an increased potential for a monilial infection.

Applications in Qualitative PCR

The first nested multiplex PCR for detection and typing of herpesviruses (HSV-1 and -2, VZV, CMV, HHV-6, and EBV) was applied to CSF from patients with meningitis, encephalitis, and other clinical syndromes. 5 This assay was further modified to include a reverse transcription step and primer pairs to detect enterovirus cDNA. 6,7 Utilizing equimolar concentrations of primers aligning the 3' ends with one of two consensus regions within the herpesvirus DNA polymerase gene and the 5' ends with the related or nonrelated sequences of each agent to be amplified, the first round of amplification yielded a 194-bp fragment indicating the presence of herpesvirus. The second round of amplification utilizing primer mixtures contained nonhomologous and type-specific primers selected from different regions of the aligned DNA polymerase genes of human herpesviruses producing a product with a different size for each related virus. These studies demonstrate the utility of this multiplex RT-nPCR A...

Problems Of The Urinary Bladdfr Urethra

Cystitis Urethritis Bed-wetting in Children Inflammations of the urinary bladder and the urethra are termed cystitis and urethritis respectively. Women suffer from these problems more frequently than men. Symptoms include pain in the lower abdomen ust above the genitals, burning sensation while or after passing urine, desire to pass more urine even after the bladder has Deen emptied, cloudy and or foul-smelling urine, etc.

Insertion of catheters

Catheter-induced sepsis is one of the commonest causes of nosocomial infection in the ICU but because intravascular cannulae and catheter placements for vascular access, monitoring and cardiac output measurements are now common practice, a sense of complacency has developed. Catheters must be inserted under sterile conditions a proper surgical approach to skin preparation with gowning and glove donning is best, especially for critically ill and immunocompromised patients and if catheterization is planned for long-term use. As catheter infection is rare during the first 3 days of placement, it is suggested that catheter-related sepsis may be minimized by changing the catheter within 48 h. Unfortunately, this practice increases the risk of complications associated with catheter insertion. A single lumen catheter is preferred to a multilumen one as they require less manipulation and there is less temptation to use them for drug administration also, although there is no evidence that this...

Spinal Cord Tethering

Tethering of the spinal cord can occur as the child grows. Tethering may present as ataxia, rapid progression of scoliosis, loss of functional motor level, a change in urinary continence (new-onset incontinence in a child who had previously been dry on a bladder program), or new-onset orthopedic deformities of the lower extremities. For the child who presents with increasing urinary incontinence with no evidence of an acute urinary tract infection, a neurosurgical consult should be considered. This is generally not an emergency, although it should be evaluated promptly in an office setting.

You can empty your bladder as soon as the exam is over

Your doctor may decide to biopsy any suspicious-looking tissue inside the bladder or urethra. This involves removing a small piece of tissue from the bladder wall during the cystoscopy and then examining it under the microscope for evidence of endometriosis or other disease processes, like interstitial cystitis (see the nearby sidebar Differentiating between interstitial cystitis and endometriosis in the bladder in this chapter). The biopsy is relatively painless and can be very useful in the diagnosis. Afterwards, you may have some slight bleeding as with a regular cystoscopy.

Sequelae of LDR Brachytherapy Acute and Late Toxicity

Transient urinary morbidity related to radiation-induced urethritis or prostatitis represents the most common side effect after prostate brachytherapy. The symptoms include urinary frequency, urinary urgency, and dysuria. Because of the varying definitions of toxicity reported in the literature, it is difficult to quantify the true risks of treatment-related toxicities after seed implantation. Many reports have not described toxicity outcomes using actuarial methods, and in some studies only severe toxicity is reported while more moderate complications (grade 2) are not reported. In addition, various implantation techniques, seed activity, and source distribution patterns used by different centers have contributed to the wide range of side-effect profiles reported after prostate brachytherapy.

Vesicoureteric reflux

Vesicoureteric reflux is found in 1 of children, and is a common cause of urinary infection (20-50 ). There is a female preponderance (85 ) and a familial tendency (30 incidence in siblings of affected patients, suggesting an autosomal dominant inheritance with variable penetrance). The oblique course of an intravesical, submucosal ureteral segment normally functions as a valve, failure of which (e.g. a short ureteral tunnel) results in reflux. Vesicoureteric reflux is only harmful when complicated by infection. Repeated urinary infection is associated with renal scarring, loss of renal function and eventually hypertension and renal failure.

Etiology and pathogenesis

Urine is an excellent culture medium and contains sufficient nutrients to support bacterial growth to a density of 107CFUml '. Ideal conditions, of urine pH 4-7 and concentration of 300-800 mosmol kg are common. Bacteria most commonly enter via the urethra (ascending infection) or may enter via the bloodstream. Ascending infections, which account for the great majority of cystitis and pyelonephritis, are mainly due to organisms of the normal bowel flora - principally Escherichia coli (75 or more). Predisposing factors are shown in Table 1. Bladder Table 1 Predisposing factors for urinary tract infection Cystitis Pyelonephritis Table 1 Predisposing factors for urinary tract infection Cystitis Pyelonephritis

Microscopy and culture

A mid-stream specimen of urine (MSSU) is collected, taking precautions to minimize contamination. Microscopy also allows red blood cells to be identified. If a urine infection is present, pus cells will be seen and bacteria will grow on the culture plates. If pus cells are present without evidence of infection (sterile pyuria), tuberculosis should be considered and special stains and culture medium used. Any bacterial cultured is tested for antibiotic sensitivities, according to local protocols.

Laboratory and Radiologic Tests

After collecting the medical history and performing the physical examination, the next step will be to decide which blood work and radiologic tests would aid in diagnosis. When ordering blood work, one should begin to think about whether the patient may need to go to the operating room. If so, what laboratory and diagnostic tests should be done to prepare the patient for surgery General blood work should be ordered, including a CBC to allow for assessment of leukocytosis or blood loss. An electrolyte panel (i.e., Chem 7, OP7) will give information regarding potential electrolyte abnormalities especially in vomiting and dehydrated patients, or those with medical comorbidities such as renal failure. If there is a question of hepatic compromise, a liver panel should be added. Checking a coagulation panel in older patients will help assess whether the patient is at risk for bleeding intraoperatively and also give an idea of the patient's hepatic synthetic function. If the patient presents...

Storagefilling symptoms

These symptoms are seen in detrusor overactivity, formerly called detrusor instability, which can be proven with urody-namics (UDS). This condition may be secondary to increased stimulation of the trigone, for example bladder stone, urine infection, malignant cystitis or a neurological cause such as stroke. Alternatively, if no cause for the detrusor overactivity is identified, it is termed primary detrusor overactivity.

Sexually transmitted infections

A 17-year-old girl presents to the city sexual health clinic with vaginal discharge. She has a new boyfriend and is 'on the pill' she and her partner do not use condoms as their relationship is monogamous . On examination, she has mild lower abdominal tenderness to palpation, cervicitis, and cervical discharge. There is cervical motion tenderness and left adnexal tenderness on bimanual examination. Her 17-year-old boyfriend has accompanied her to the clinic and is assessed separately he reports a small amount of urethral discharge and mild dysuria. Examination reveals copious urethral discharge with meatal edema. A Gram stain of discharge reveals Gram-negative intracellular diplococci. You review the literature to determine the following.

Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms

Clearly these symptoms are not disease-specific and a wide range of other disease states can cause LUTS. These include neurological conditions such as those mentioned above, malignancy (including prostate cancer and urothelial tumors), inflammatory conditions (including UTI, bladder stones, interstitial cystitis), polyuria (diabetes, congestive cardiac failure), and other causes of BOO, including bladder neck or external sphincter dyssynergia, urethral stricture (see Sect. 11.2.4) and severe phimosis. Some symptoms such as a poor urine stream are also found in conditions such as detrusor underactivity or detrusor failure, which do not necessarily have an obstructive component.

TABLE 684 Diagnostic Tests for Appendicitis

As suggested above, perhaps the only way to obtain some utility from the CBC is to use it only for its LR(+), i.e., to pay some attention to it only if elevated, and to recognize that the elevation must be substantial before it is likely to have much meaning. The term substantial is purposely left undefined in order to avoid what has been aptly referred to as the single-cutoff trap, i.e., the binary thinking that is engendered when continuous data, such as the WBC count, are converted into dichotomous categories of normal and abnormal. Entirely consistent with their test performance characteristics, normal WBC counts should be regarded as not helpful. PLAIN ABDOMINAL FILM The plain abdominal radiograph (PAR) is often ordered as an abdominal series, the meaning of which is not clearly defined. In some institutions, this includes an upright abdomen, in others an upright chest in still others, only a single supine film is obtained. In a prospective study of 102 consecutive patients...

Complications Related To Major Abdominal Surgery

Complications from major abdominal procedures that lead to ED visits usually occur at least 3 days postoperatively. Expected complications include, but are not confined to, wound infection and related morbidity, phlebitis (both superficial and deep), urinary tract infection, bladder and ureteral injury, ileus and bowel obstruction, pneumonia, and atelectasis.

Treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria

Cystitis occurs in 0.3 to 1.3 percent of pregnant women. Bacteria are confined to the lower urinary tract in these patients. A. Acute cystitis should be considered in any gravida with frequency, urgency, dysuria, hematuria, or suprapubic pain in the absence of fever and flank pain. Urine culture with a CFU count 102 mL should be considered positive on a midstream urine specimen with pyuria.

Topoisomerase I inhibitors

In the 1950s, during the National Cancer Institute's screening program of natural products, an alkaloid stem wood extract from the Camptotheca acuminata, an oriental tree that is cultivated throughout Asia, was found to be active against L1210 murine leukemia. Subsequent studies by Wall et al. 8 showed camptothecin to be the active ingredient of this extract. In the early 1970s, the parent compound 20-5-camptothecin underwent clinical testing. However, further clinical development was precluded due to severe and unpredictable toxicities including myelosuppression, diarrhea and hemorrhagic cystitis 9-12 . In the 1980s, topoisomerase I was identified as the major target for the antitumor effect of camptothecin 13 and overexpression of topoisomerase I levels were found in colon and ovarian cancer compared with normal tissue 14, 15 . These findings led to renewed interest in this class of agents, resulting in the development of better water soluble semi-synthetic analogs of camptothecin...

Immunosuppressive agents

Alternatively, they may be intolerant of, or resistant to, glucocorticoids and poor surgical risks for splenectomy. Clinical benefit has been noted in about 50 of patients. A reasonable trial of this type of agent is about 3-4 months, and if no beneficial effect is noted, therapy is discontinued. If clinical benefit occurs, one can maintain the dosage level for a total of 6 months and then taper over several months. During therapy, patients are instructed to maintain a high fluid intake to reduce the incidence of chemical cystitis seen with cyclophosphamide and the need to have weekly blood counts to monitor bone marrow suppression, which can be seen with any of these immunosuppressive drugs. Dosage should be adjusted to maintain the leukocyte count 2000, granulocyte count 1000 and platelet count 50000-100000 mm Cyclophosphamide in this dosage range is usually well tolerated but a variety of side-effects may occur, including bone marrow suppression...

Renal And Urologic Syndromes

Urologic emergencies in the cancer patient include urinary tract hemorrhage, urinary tract obstruction, and priapism. Gross hematuria is often the presenting symptom of urinary tract cancers but also can be caused by local invasion of the urinary tract by colonic or gynecologic tumors. Hemorrhagic cystitis occurs after cyclophosphamide administration in about 5 percent of patients. Hemorrhage can be life-threatening, with up to 20 percent requiring blood transfusion. Hemorrhagic cystitis also occurs after radiation therapy of gynecologic, genitourinary, and rectal cancers. Bleeding can occur months to years after radiation treatment, and while bleeding is usually minor, rarely serious bleeding can occur.

Epidemiology and Diagnosis

In some cases, patients may present with symptoms suggestive of both AUR and UTI, for example, a few days history of dysuria and offensive smelling urine, with an acute history of inability to pass urine. In these patients, to avoid instrumenting the urinary tract unnecessarily and in the presence of infection, a measurement of residual urine volume can be helpful. This is typically carried out using a bedside portable ultrasound bladder scanner (Bladderscan BVI 3000, Verathon Inc., Bothel, WA, USA). If the residual volume is very low (less than 150 ml) then the patient should not be catheterized. A course of antibiotics should be commenced and the patient should only be catheterized if he is unable to void with a more significant urine volume in the bladder.

Intractable Bladder Hemorrhage

Arise as a direct complication of cancer treatment. In most cases, the hematuria is of mild to moderate severity and resolves with conservative measures. Some cases, however, involve intractable hemorrhage that can be life-threatening without prompt and effective treatment. Intractable gross hematuria usually arises from the bladder secondary to advanced urothelial carcinoma, severe infection, chemotherapy-induced hem-orrhagic cystitis, and radiation cystitis. Not only are these disease processes the most common causes of severe bladder hemorrhage, but they are also among the most difficult to treat. The optimal management of intractable bladder hemorrhage rests upon a determination of its cause and the institution of specific treatment at that time. Commonalities do exist, however, and they form the basis for management guidelines with broad application to all patients with severe bladder hemorrhage.

Multicystic dysplastic kidney

This condition is distinguished from polycystic kidney disease which is a rare genetic disorder. Multicystic dysplasia is usually unilateral and may be detected by ultrasonography both ante- and post-natally. The cysts are unconnected and there is no functioning renal parenchyma. Many multicystic dysplastic kidneys will atrophy with age and may not require treatment. Nephrectomy is carried out for persistent and symptomatic (urinary infection) lesions. The risk of late malignancy is considered very unlikely.

Medical and Ethical Issues

Proponents of circumcision claim several advantages for the procedure, including decreased incidence of urinary tract infections in infancy, decreased risk of penile cancer in adults, and decreased risk of sexually transmitted diseases (Wiswell, 1992 Wiswell et al., 1985). In addition, routine circumcision prevents occasional penile problems such as phimosis (a narrowing of the foreskin that prevents its retraction), balanitis (an infection of the head of the penis), and posthitis (an infection of the foreskin). Significant complications of the procedure are quite rare, occurring in less than 1 percent of circumcised neonates (Kaplan). Until the mid-1980s, circumcision was performed commonly without anesthesia. Current techniques permit the pain of circumcision to be reduced with a number of simple techniques. In contrast to female circumcision, the procedure has no significant effect on sexual function or pleasure (Collins et al.). Those who question the value of the procedure...

Complications Of Urologic Procedures

Urologic surgical procedures are being more commonly performed with outpatients or with inpatients who are discharged from the hospital earlier in their postoperative course. Ihus, patients often come to the emergency department with complications common to these urologic surgeries urinary tract infection (UII), acute renal failure (ARF), wound infection, urinary retention, pain, and fever. Whenever possible, the urologist who performed the original operation should be contacted when one of their patients comes to the emergency department with a complication from the procedure.

Autonomic Dysreflexia

A variety of stimuli can produce an acute episode of autonomic dysreflexia. The commonest causes usually involve the urinary system bladder distention, urinary tract infection, and kidney stones. The second commonest reasons involve the colon fecal impaction or bowel distention. However, any noxious stimulus below the level of injury can lead to autonomic dysreflexia, including other abdominal problems, such as ulcers, appendicitis, and gallstones. Other causes may be fractures, deep venous thrombosis (DVT), pressure ulcers, ingrown toenails, tight-fitting clothing, sunburns, blisters, heterotopic ossification, sexual intercourse, pregnancy, and labor and delivery.

TABLE 11B5 Antibiotic Dosages for Bacteremia and Meningitis

The treatment of febrile infants 3 to 36 months of age remains a subject of considerable controversy. As for all infants, an ill-appearing febrile child should be stabilized with supportive care and fully evaluated for sepsis, and broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotics such as cefotaxime or ceftriaxone should be administered in the ED. Fortunately, most penicillin- and cephalosporin-resistant strains of S. pneumoniae demonstrate only intermediate resistance at this time and may be adequately treated with a third-generation cephalosporin. Treatment of focal SBI presumptively identified by diagnostic testing in the ED depends on the likely pathogens and is reviewed in subsequent chapters. Treatment of meningitis is reviewed later in this chapter. The optimal treatment for children at risk for OB has not been established. Published observational retrospective studies,2 30 prospective randomized trials,731 and meta-analyses of pertinent prior studies1 3334 have concluded that expectant...

Recovering from hysterectomy

1 Urinary tract infection (due to the catheter in the bladder) 1 Bowel dysfunction 1 Wound infection from skin bacteria 1 Atelectasis (collapse of some air pockets in the lung) 1 Pneumonia Follow all post-operative instructions to minimize the risk of these problems. If you have frequent, difficult, or painful urination, try to drink fluids, and let your doctor know whether the problem persists. Deep breathing may be painful, but it is essential to prevent lung problems. And getting out of bed and moving around can help your bowels work, your lungs fill, and your veins stay free of clots. All of these preventive measures can make your recovery smoother.

TABLE 1343 Medications Commonly Used in Meningomyelocele

Clean intermittent catheterization is used to increase continence and manage urinary retention. When used with good technique, it does not increase the incidence of urinary tract infection. On rare occasions, false channels are formed with catheterization. When this occurs, special catheters such as coud (curved-tip) catheters may be used to facilitate catheterization and minimize the chance of further trauma. It is wise to question the family regarding catheterization, catheter size, and special types of catheters that may be used. Use of indwelling catheters with balloons is not recommended due to problems with latex allergies (see below).

Lipolysis in adipose tissue5 Clinical Features

Usually some precipitating event causes a patient to develop an insidious state of progressive hyperglycemia and hyperosmolarity, which goes unchecked. By far, acute infection is the most common precipitating cause of HHNS. Urinary tract infection and pneumonia are most common, though uremia, viral illness, and a host of metabolic and iatrogenic causes have been identified (Iable 205-2). Similarly, several drugs may predispose or contribute to hyperglycemia, volume depletion, or other effects leading to HHNS (IabJ OS-S).

Uncomplicated pyelonephritis

Women with acute uncomplicated pyelonephritis may present with a mild cystitis-like illness and flank pain fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, leukocytosis and abdominal pain or a serious gram-negative bacteremia. Uncomplicated pyelonephritis is usually caused by E. coli.

Bladder and prostate gland

Acute retention of urine results in an intense pain suprapubi-cally, with an unremitting desire to void. A similar pain can be experienced in a urinary infection, although more commonly there is severe suprapubic pain unrelieved by voiding which itself is painful. Irritation of the trigone, either by inflammation or mechanical trauma from a stone or catheter, can cause pain referred to the urethral meatus. Inflammation of the prostate causes a variety of urinary symptoms, which can include perineal and penile pain, as well as and a dull suprapubic or ill-defined rectal discomfort. These symptoms form part of the chronic pelvic pain syndrome. This syndrome can also affect women. In a minority of cases a diagnosis of interstitial cystitis can be made (see below).

Introduction Clinical Setting

The BK polyoma virus virus was originally isolated from B.K., a Sudanese patient who had distal donor ureteral stenosis months after a living related transplant (9). BK virus is related to JC virus (which also inhabits the human urinary tract) and to simian kidney virus SV-40. These viruses are members of the papovavirus group, which includes the papilloma viruses. The BK virus commonly infects urothelium but rarely causes morbidity in immunocompetent individuals. However, in renal transplant recipients three lesions have been attributed to BK virus hemorrhagic cystitis, ureteral stenosis, and acute interstitial nephritis (10,11). In a prospective study of 48 renal transplant recipients, active polyomavirus (BK or JC) infection was shown in 65 68 of these had intranuclear inclusions in urine cytology (12). Half of infections occurred within the first 3 months after transplantation, but some occurred 2 years or longer afterward. In 26 renal function became impaired at the time of the...

Clinical evaluation

Symptoms of vaginitis include vaginal discharge, pruritus, irritation, soreness, odor, dyspareunia and dysuria. Dyspareunia is a common feature of atrophic vaginitis. Abdominal pain is suggestive of pelvic inflammatory disease and suprapubic pain is suggestive of cystitis.


Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common nosocomial infection, accounting for 40 percent of hospital-acquired infections. As many as 25 percent of patients admitted to academic hospitals have a catheter placed during their stay and, of these, between 10 and 30 percent will develop bacteriuria. Nearly all patients catheterized for longer than 30 days will develop a bacteriuria. 1 The bacteriuria appears to be as a result of direct inoculation along the inner and outer surfaces of the catheter. Women tend to be infected via the periurethral route, with approximately 70 percent of UTIs being caused by rectal flora, whereas the majority of UTIs in men occur through the intraluminal route. Prevention of bacteriuria in the setting of indwelling catheterization is best accomplished through routine cleaning of the urethral meatus and use of closed drainage systems. A large number of patients are catheterized while hospitalized, and a portion of those will develop a UTI after discharge...

Postoperative Fever

Especially in patients who undergo instrumentation of the urinary tract (such as cystoscopy or in-and-out catheterization) or have an indwelling urinary catheter, urinary tract infection should be considered. Urinalysis with culture and sensitivity should be obtained prior to starting empiric antibiotic therapy.


As almost 90 of cases have a genitourinary cause, it is particularly important for the urologist to prevent autonomic dysreflexia. When treating patients with SCI, the urologist should be aware of the possibility of autonomic dysreflexia. When performing instrumentation of the lower urinary tract, for example changing a catheter, local anesthetic jelly and an aseptic technique (to avoid urinary tract infection as a precipitant of autonomic dysreflexia) should be used. If the instrumentation takes more than a few minutes (cystoscopy, urodynamic investigation) sufficient blood pressure monitoring should also be provided. It should also be noted that even sexual intercourse can effect autonomic dysreflexia. Therefore the andrologist should keep in mind this risk when applying vibroejaculation to a SCI patient.

Burn Complications

Following the development of effective fluid resuscitation for severe burns, sepsis became a leading cause of mortality (1,94,100,101,103). The sources of sepsis are multiple (Table 1). Septicemia can be caused by burn wound infection, pneumonia, urinary tract infection following catheterization, infected intravenous lines, and infection of skin donor sites (101,111).

Escherichia coli

Background Escherichia coli are a remarkable group of organisms with a wide range of infections, including meningitis, septicaemia, and urinary infections. They are often also nonpathogenic. Those that cause GE also have a wide range of pathogenic mechanisms and are divided into various fairly distinct groups enteropathogenic (EPEC), enterohe-morrhagic (EHEC), enteroinvasive (EIEC), and enterotoxigenic (ETEC) are the main ones, although some groups diffusely adherent (DAEC) and enter-oaggregative (EAEC) have recently been described. Some EHEC strains produce a shiga (or verocyto-) toxin, STEC, which includes E. coli O157 H7 as well as other strains. However, because the O157 strains are much more common, STEC strains are classified as O157 and non-O157. Shiga toxin is produced by other bacteria also, including S. dysen-teriae type 1. Only these verocytotoxin-producing strains are considered in detail here because they are commonly foodborne and can cause serious illness and death.