Urinary tract infections

Most studies agree that women with DM have a 2-4 times higher incidence of bacteriuria compared to those without diabetes. Asymptomatic bacteriuria is also definitely more frequent in diabetic women. Nevertheless, the clinical and microbiological characteristics of urinary tract infections do not appear to differ compared to the general population. DM constitutes a predisposing risk factor for the development of serious infections of the upper urinary tract. Thus, diabetic individuals manifest bilateral infections of the upper urinary tract more often, and emphysematous pyelonephritides are also more frequent in these individuals. Finally, DM constitutes a risk factor for the development of urinary tract infections from fungi.

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