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Approach to a positive urine culture in a patient without urinary symptoms.

Trautner BW, Grigoryan L. Approach to a positive urine culture in a patient without urinary symptoms. Infectious Disease Clinics of North America. 2014 Mar 1; 28(1):15-31.

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Asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) is a condition in which bacteria are present in a noncontaminated urine sample collected from a patient without signs or symptoms related to the urinary tract. ASB must be distinguished from symptomatic urinary tract infection (UTI) by the absence of signs and symptoms compatible with UTI or by clinical determination that a nonurinary cause accounts for the patient's symptoms. The overall purpose of this review is to promote an awareness of ASB as a distinct condition from UTI and to empower clinicians to withhold antibiotics in situations in which antimicrobial treatment of bacteriuria is not indicated.

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