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Women's health

Bacterial cystitis in women

Andrew Korda

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Abstract

Bacterial cystitis is a highly prevalent and distressing condition in women but is usually uncomplicated in those who are healthy and not pregnant. Based on symptom assessment and urinalysis, treatment of this condition can generally be managed in primary care.

Article Extract

Bacterial cystitis refers to infection of the bladder (lower urinary tract) and is the most common infection in women. It is estimated that 50% of women will develop cystitis in their life,1 and it is a frequent cause of presentation to GPs.2 The incidence of bacterial cystitis increases with age and is related to sexual activity. It is also common in postmenopausal women.

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