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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 1998 October-December;157(5-6):159-62

Copyright © 1998 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Urinary infections due to bladder catheterization

Crognaletti P. 1, Domenichini M. 1, Stafoggia P. 1, Tondi M. 1, Fabi M. T. 1, Romanini I. 2

1 Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale n. 2 - Urbino, Divisione di Chirurgia Generale; 2 Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale n. 2 - Urbino, Servizio di Microbiologia


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Background. The damages caused by a frequent procedure such as bladder catheterism are described.
Methods. Personal experience in a group of patients who underwent this procedure after surgical operation is presented. On 1457 surgical procedures, catheterization was necessary in 1127 patients. Among the 1127 cases, 261 of them had to undergo a urinoculture because of infection or leukocyturia.
Results. The results, according to the literature, confirmed almost a 40% incidence of infection caused by bladder catheterization. The patient’s general conditions greatly influence the development of the infection, while the kind of anesthesia does not.
Conclusions. Among etiological agents, E. coli is the most frequent one; 1/3 of cases is due to this agent.

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