Jerome A. Boscia, MD; Elias Abrutyn, MD; Matthew E. Levison, MD; Peter G. Pitsakis, BS; Donald Kaye, MD
Bacteriuria is common in elderly persons (1-4) and is usually asymptomatic (5). In the absence of symptoms, pyuria is the only readily available way to differentiate urinary infection with inflammation from infection without inflammation (6). Greater than or equal to 102 colony forming units (CFU) of a gram-negative bacillus/mL of urine is predictive of infection in young women with symptomatic lower urinary tract infection (7). Therefore 102 to 104 CFU of a gram-negative bacillus/mL should indicate infection in someone with asymptomatic bacteriuria. This study assessed the occurrence of pyuria and determined its relation with different levels of asymptomatic bacteriuria in
Boscia JA, Abrutyn E, Levison ME, Pitsakis PG, Kaye D. Pyuria and Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Elderly Ambulatory Women. Ann Intern Med. ;110:404–405. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-5-404
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(5):404-405.
Geriatric Medicine, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Urinary Tract Infection, Urological Disorders.
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