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What causes urinary tract infections in the elderly?

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Dr. Raj Singh
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: It depends

In elderly men enlarged prostate, neurogenic bladder, urinary retention, indwelling foley catheters, diabetes.
In elderly women neurogenic bladder, vaginitis, diabetes.

In brief: It depends

In elderly men enlarged prostate, neurogenic bladder, urinary retention, indwelling foley catheters, diabetes.
In elderly women neurogenic bladder, vaginitis, diabetes.
Dr. Raj Singh
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
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In brief: Menopause, Prostate

Women stop producing estrogen after menopause.
Lack of this hormone causes urethral lining + introitus (skin between labia) to thin out and reduce secretions of immunoglobulins from vagina. All reduce natural UTI defense mechanisms. Constipation and urinary incontinence are other factors. Prostate enlargement causing some retention of urine plus obstruction to flow increases chances of utis.

In brief: Menopause, Prostate

Women stop producing estrogen after menopause.
Lack of this hormone causes urethral lining + introitus (skin between labia) to thin out and reduce secretions of immunoglobulins from vagina. All reduce natural UTI defense mechanisms. Constipation and urinary incontinence are other factors. Prostate enlargement causing some retention of urine plus obstruction to flow increases chances of utis.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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