Urinary tract infections and their prevention - Abstract

Servicio de Urología, Hospital San Rafael, Madrid, España.


This article reviews diverse aspects of the prevention of urinary tract infections, including confirmation of the diagnosis, application of hygiene and dietary measures, antibacterial prophylaxis (preferably consisting of a single nocturnal oral dose per day of an antibiotic or drug with high urinary excretion and good tolerance), and administration of vaccines made with Escherichia coli and other Gram-negative bacilli, consisting of immunostimulating fractions of E. coli strains or E. coli type-1 fimbriae administered through the parenteral or oral route.

We aimed to review the new preventive measures against urinary tract infections.

We reviewed various microbiological aspects, as well as the physiopathology and virulence factors of uropathogenic E. coli strains expressing type-1 and P fimbriae. The association between blood groups and urinary tract infections in blood group antigen-secretors and nonsecretors was analyzed.

New preventive measures against urinary tract infection consist of the use of phenol-inactivated vaccines administered via the mucosal route, inhibitors of bacterial adherence and biofilm formation and cyclic adenosine monophosphate stimulators, especially in women aged between puberty and menopause, who show the highest incidence of these infections.

Article in English, Spanish.

Written by:
González-Chamorro F, Palacios R, Alcover J, Campos J, Borrego F, Dámaso D.   Are you the author?

Reference: Actas Urol Esp. 2011 Jul 12. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1016/j.acuro.2011.05.002

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 21757260

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