Hungarian Society of Urology

Prevention for recurrent lower urinary tract infections

DOI: 10.22591/magyurol.2019.3.ganyeczm.106

Ganyecz Máté dr., Köves Béla dr., Tenke Péter dr.
Jahn Ferenc Dél-pesti Kórház, Urológia osztály, Budapest (osztályvezető: Tenke Péter dr.)


Half of women suffer from acute lower urinary tract infection at least once in their lifetime and 20% of cases develop recurrent urinary tract infection. The disease has a detrimental impact on patient’s quality of life; and 60% of patients have some degree of depression that can be reduced by up to 30-40% with appropriate preventive treatment. In developed countries, this disease represents a significant financial burden on the health care system and on the other hand result in a high number of days off work. In the case of recurrent cystitis, it is not sufficient to treat the current infection a greater emphasis should be placed on the appropriate prophylaxis. From the options of the preventive methods, non-antibiotic-based methods should always be preferred, and antibiotic prophylaxis is only recommended in case of failure.

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