Prevalence of Asymptomatic Urinary Tract Infections in Pregnant Women at Al-Abbasiah Primary Health Care Center in Kerbala
Kerbala Journal of Medicine,
Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 2297-2300
Abstractbackground: Asymptomatic urinary tract infection (UTI) during pregnancy may progress to pyelonephritis. Urinary tract infection increase risk of preterm labor and premature rupture of the membranes, and low-birth-weight infants.
Aim: To estimate prevalence of asymptomatic urinary tract infection during pregnancy
Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a total of 200 women (hundred pregnant women and hundred non-pregnant mothers) with no signs and symptoms of urinary tract infection, from 1st of January to 28th May of 2013. Mid-stream urine samples were collected from all participants and examined directly under high power field, Pus cells > 5 / HPF indicate the presence of infection .
Result: forty eight of the pregnant (48%) and twenty (20%) of the non-pregnant had UTI which was statistically very significant (p value ˂ 0.005). Also, there was a significant statistical relation between the UTI and the educational level (p value ˂ 0.05), but there was negative relation with the age (p value > 0.05).
Conclusion: there is a high prevalence of asymptomatic urinary tract infections in pregnant and non-pregnant women irrespective of their age or educational level of them
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