Conditions InDepth: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
The urinary tract refers to the connected system of organs through which urine flows on its way out of the body. This includes the two kidneys, the two ureters (tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder), the bladder, and the urethra (the tube from the bladder through which urine leaves the body). A urinary tract infection can affect any or all of these structures, although a kidney infection (pyelonephritis) is generally discussed as a separate condition.
|The Urinary Tract|
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- Escherichia coli
- Staphylococcus saprophyticus
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
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- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014