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September 11, 2002

Clinical Diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infection

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;288(10):1229-1231. doi:10.1001/jama.288.10.1229

To the Editor: In their article about uncomplicated UTI, Dr Bent and colleagues1 describe a young woman presenting with dysuria, frequency, and vaginal discharge. On examination she is febrile and in mild distress, with neither abdominal tenderness nor cervicitis, and the urine dipstick test result is negative. Bent et al then provide data to decide her probability of having UTI. They conclude that her probability is 20%, and that urine and vaginal tests (results of which usually take 2 days) are indicated to evaluate the cause of her symptoms.

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