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Causes of Urinary tract infections

List of causes of Urinary tract infections

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Urinary tract infections) that could possibly cause Urinary tract infections includes:

More causes:see full list of causes for Urinary tract infection

Primary Cause of Urinary tract infections

The primary cause of Urinary tract infections is the result:

  • of an infectious agent.

Causes of Urinary tract infections (Diseases Database):

The follow list shows some of the possible medical causes of Urinary tract infections that are listed by the Diseases Database:

Source: Diseases Database

Urinary tract infections Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Urinary tract infections:

Urinary tract infections Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio

Gender of Patients for Urinary tract infections: More common in women than men. Uncommon in boys and young men....more »

Gender Profile of Urinary tract infections: Women are especially prone to UTIs for reasons that are poorly understood. One woman in five develops... (Source: excerpt from Urinary Tract Infections in Adults: NIDDK) ...more »

Urinary tract infections: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Urinary tract infections, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Urinary tract infections:

Urinary tract infections: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Urinary tract infections: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Urinary tract infections:

Causes of Broader Categories of Urinary tract infections: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Urinary tract infections as a complication of other conditions:

Other conditions that might have Urinary tract infections as a complication may, potentially, be an underlying cause of Urinary tract infections. Our database lists the following as having Urinary tract infections as a complication of that condition:

Urinary tract infections as a symptom:

Conditions listing Urinary tract infections as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Urinary tract infections. Our database lists the following as having Urinary tract infections as a symptom of that condition:

Medications or substances causing Urinary tract infections:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Urinary tract infections as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.


What causes Urinary tract infections?

Causes: Urinary tract infections:

Urinary Tract Infections: DBMD (Excerpt)

Usually caused by Escherichia coli, but other Enterobacteriaceae are also important causes of infection. (Source: excerpt from Urinary Tract Infections: DBMD)

Urinary Tract Infections: DBMD (Excerpt)

Usually through fecal contamination of the urinary tract. (Source: excerpt from Urinary Tract Infections: DBMD)
Article excerpts about the causes of Urinary tract infections:

Urinary Tract Infections in Adults: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Normal urine is sterile. It contains fluids, salts, and waste products, but it is free of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. An infection occurs when microorganisms, usually bacteria from the digestive tract, cling to the opening of the urethra and begin to multiply. Most infections arise from one type of bacteria, Escherichia coli (E. coli), which normally lives in the colon.

In most cases, bacteria first begin growing in the urethra. An infection limited to the urethra is called urethritis. From there bacteria often move on to the bladder, causing a bladder infection (cystitis). If the infection is not treated promptly, bacteria may then go up the ureters to infect the kidneys (pyelonephritis).

Microorganisms called Chlamydia and Mycoplasma may also cause UTIs in both men and women, but these infections tend to remain limited to the urethra and reproductive system. Unlike E. coli, Chlamydia and Mycoplasma may be sexually transmitted, and infections require treatment of both partners.

The urinary system is structured in a way that helps ward off infection. The ureters and bladder normally prevent urine from backing up toward the kidneys, and the flow of urine from the bladder helps wash bacteria out of the body. In men, the prostate gland produces secretions that slow bacterial growth. In both sexes, immune defenses also prevent infection. Despite these safeguards, though, infections still occur. (Source: excerpt from Urinary Tract Infections in Adults: NIDDK)

Urinary Tract Infections: NWHIC (Excerpt)

A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when microorganisms, usually bacteria from the digestive tract, cling to the opening of the urethra and begin to multiply. Most infections arise from one type of bacteria, Escherichia coli (E. coli), which normally live in the colon. In most cases, bacteria first begin growing in the urethra and often move on to the bladder, causing a bladder infection (cystitis). If the infection is not treated promptly, bacteria may then go up the ureters to infect the kidneys (pyelonephritis). Microorganisms called chlamydia and mycoplasma may also cause UTIs in both women and men, but these infections tend to remain limited to the urethra and reproductive system. Unlike E. coli, chlamydia and mycoplasma may be sexually transmitted, and infections require treatment of both partners. (Source: excerpt from Urinary Tract Infections: NWHIC)

Medical news summaries relating to Urinary tract infections:

The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Urinary tract infections:

Cause statistics for Urinary tract infections:

The following are statistics from various sources about the causes of Urinary tract infections:

  • 24,025 cases of urinary tract infection occurred in those who also experienced a patient safety incident in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
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Related information on causes of Urinary tract infections:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Urinary tract infections may be found in:

 

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