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Is a Second Urine Specimen Necessary for the Diagnosis of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria?

Suzanne E. Geerlings, Ellen C. Brouwer, Wim Gaastra and Andy I. M. Hoepelman

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 31, issue 3, pages e3-e4
Published in print September 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1086/314038
Is a Second Urine Specimen Necessary for the Diagnosis of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria?

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By use of pulse-field gel electrophoresis, we evaluated the molecular identity of 32 Escherichia coli isolates obtained in 2 consecutive urine cultures from 16 patients as part of a large study of asymptomatic bacteriuria in dia-betic women and found different E. coli isolates in 7 of 16 patients, meaning that nearly half (44%) of the patients who had been previously classified as having asymptomatic bacteriuria were reinfected with a different strain.

Journal Article.  1589 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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