What is the recommendation for urinary tract infection (UTI) screening in pregnant women?

Updated: Jul 01, 2021
  • Author: Tibor Fulop, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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The recommendation is that all pregnant women have a screening urine culture at 16 weeks' gestation. If the results are negative for a UTI, no additional cultures are indicated. If the patient has a history of recurrent UTIs, further cultures and other screening techniques (eg, nitrite dipstick or urine Gram stain) may be needed to detect the development of asymptomatic bacteriuria.


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