Recurrent cystitis: options beyond antibiotics
Vrecenár László dr., Buzogány István dr.
Péterfy Kórház-Rendelőintézet, Urológiai Osztály, Budapest (osztályvezető: Buzogány István dr.)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common types of infections. UTIs with a frequency of at least three UTIs/year or two UTIs in the last six months are defined as recurrent UTIs (rUTIs). The majority (65-85%) of uncomplicated UTIs are caused by uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC). Treatment strategies using solely antibiotics are creating considerable healthcare costs, impairing the quality of life of the patients through side effects, increasing resistance of pathogenic microorganisms and improper use can contribute to UTI flare-up.
Patient education and application of non-antimicrobial prophylaxis in our daily clinical practice cannot be overemphasized.