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Urinary Track Infection

Were you looking for information about Urinary Tract Infection? Urinary track infection is a common misspelling of urinary tract infection.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a very common type of infection in the body, accounting for about 8.3 million doctor visits a year. A UTI is an infection that occurs in the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and/or urethra. This type of infection is usually caused by bacteria around the urethra (the entrance to the urinary tract) or in the vagina or digestive tract. Symptoms include painful urination, frequent and intense urges to urinate, and pain in the lower abdomen or back.
A healthcare provider can diagnose a urinary tract infection by using a urine test, x-ray, or an exam that looks into the bladder using a special instrument called a cystoscope. Treatment typically involves an antibiotic, which can kill bacteria.
(Click Urinary Tract Infection for more information on this common medical condition. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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