Symptoms & Signs
- Abnormal urine color (cloudy urine)
- Blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Foul or strong urine odor
- Leakage of urine around the catheter
- Pressure in the lower pelvis
Other symptoms that may occur with this disease:
- Flank pain
- Mental changes or confusion*
*Often in an elderly person, mental changes or confusion are the only signs of a possible urinary tract infection.
Diagnosis & Tests
- Urinalysis may show white blood cells (WBCs) or red blood cells (RBCs)
- Urine culture may be performed to determine the type of bacteria in the urine and the appropriate antibiotic for treatment
Review Date : 1/10/2010
Reviewed By : David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., and Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Urology, Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine.