Asymptomatic bacteriuria and pregnancy

Thanasas I

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Trikala hospital, Trikala, Greece

Correspondence: Thanasas Ioannis, 3 Agias Triadas St, GR-42100 Τrikala, Greece. E -mail:


Asymptomatic bacteriuria is common in pregnancy. History of urinary tract infection is the main predisposing factor and Escherichia coli is the most common pathogen. The diagnosis of asymptomatic bacteriuria is confirmed by the isolation of the causative bacteria in the culture of urine. The absence of clinical manifestations requires the implementation of urine culture to all pregnant women from the beginning of pregnancy. The use of dipsticks is not preferred because of the many false positive and negative results. The early identification of risk factors associated with asymptomatic bacteriuria and the correct application of modern advanced technology, permits the early diagnosis and immediate application of antibiotic treatment in order to ensure the best perinatal outcome. This report, attempts a brief review of etiology, diagnosis, and prognosis of asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy.

Keywords: asymptomatic bacteriuria, pregnancy

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