Urinary tract infection in old age: over-diagnosed and over-treated.

@article{McMurdo2000UrinaryTI,
  title={Urinary tract infection in old age: over-diagnosed and over-treated.},
  author={Marion E. T. McMurdo and Neil D. Gillespie},
  journal={Age and ageing},
  year={2000},
  volume={29 4},
  pages={297-8}
}
A careless and uncritical approach by some clinicians to the diagnosis of urinary tract infection in frail elderly people has resulted in the condition being overdiagnosed and over-treated. Symptoms of lower urinary tract infection are easily recognized and include dysuria, frequency and urgency. But even such typical symptoms require cautious interpretation, as they are common in elderly people without infection [1]. Is laboratory diagnosis by urine culture a more reliable diagnostic tool for… CONTINUE READING
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