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My 93 yr aunt doc said her urine test showed she has a bladder infection. He is not treating it since she shows no symptoms. Is this ok?

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In brief: Yes

The condition you describe is known as a symptomatic bacteruria.
This is a common finding in the elderly. It does not require treatment unless she is having symptoms.

In brief: Yes

The condition you describe is known as a symptomatic bacteruria.
This is a common finding in the elderly. It does not require treatment unless she is having symptoms.
Dr. John Tillett
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Dr. Scott Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

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If your aunt truly has a urinary tract infection proven by a urine culture with an identified bacteria that is consistent with it not being just contamination, i would treat.
Sometimes you can find white blood cells in the urine (possible infection) but no identifiable bacteria, or the bacteria you do find look like just contamination. In this case, just watching would be ok.

In brief: More info?

If your aunt truly has a urinary tract infection proven by a urine culture with an identified bacteria that is consistent with it not being just contamination, i would treat.
Sometimes you can find white blood cells in the urine (possible infection) but no identifiable bacteria, or the bacteria you do find look like just contamination. In this case, just watching would be ok.
Dr. Scott Diede
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