Catheter-associated UTI - Overview
UTI - catheter associated; Urinary tract infection - catheter associated; Nosocomial UTI; Health care associated UTI; Catheter-associated bacteriuria
Definition of Catheter-associated UTI:
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.
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.
- Reviewed last on: 6/17/2010
- David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., and Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.
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