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    What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)?

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    General Urological Surgeon and Robotic Sub-specialty expertise. My skilled team include a highly experienced practice manager and specialist urology nurse. I am able to accommodate … View Profile

    A urinary tract infection is classified as an infection either involving the whole urinary tract or an infection involving the upper urinary tract. Those infections involving the whole urinary tract or the lower urinary tract and involve the bladder are cystitis. Infections that develop in the prostate in men are called prostatitis. Men can also get an isolated infection involving the urethra, urethritis. The infections involving the upper urinary tract are called pyelonephritis. The main difference is that upper urinary infections or pyelonephritis tend to be associated with systemic unwellness, while the urinary tract infections are more simple and do not last as long and are easier to treat.

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    Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist) Dr Trung Quach MBBS FRACP is an experienced Consultant Nephrologist based in Melbourne, Victoria. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Western Australia … View Profile

    Urinary tract infections (UTI) refers to an infection anywhere along the urinary tract, which encompasses the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. A bladder infection is termed cystitis and an infection in the kidneys, which is generally more serious, is called pyelonephritis. UTIs are very common infections, particularly in women and the elderly and it is important for patients to recognise what symptoms they cause and seek medical advice when it occurs.

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