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The Development and Character of Bacteriuria in Pregnancy: Experience with a Nonindigent Population

Ann Intern Med. 1963;59(2):186-193. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-59-2-186
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Asymptomatic bacteriuria and pyelonephritis have been offered as explanations for the frequent occurrence of the end stages of chronic pyelonephritis in individuals with no history of active infection of the urinary tract. Numerous studies have been undertaken to delineate its incidence in different population groups (1, 2). The quantitative culture of the urine (3-5) has permitted the definition of a level of significant bacteriuria so that investigation of various groups of people has been possible without catheterization (6, 7). Considerable attention has been focused on the pregnant female, since asymptomatic bacteriuria is commonplace in women, and pyelonephritis often complicates the


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