Management of UTIs During Pregnancy

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This article summarizes the pathophysiology, patient presentation, diagnostic testing, and current treatment modalities for pregnant women presenting with urinary tract symptoms in pregnancy. Urinary tract infection is a common health problem, affecting millions of people each year. However, this seemingly benign condition may have serious consequences if it occurs during the course of a woman’s pregnancy, and if untreated could lead to pyelonephritis, preterm labor, or Group B Streptococcal infection in the newborn. Thus, the prevention, early detection, and prompt treatment of urinary tract infections in pregnancy have become essential components of prenatal care.

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