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How likely is someone to have a bladder infection with no symptoms?

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In brief: Colonization

Some people have bacteria in their urine that does not cause symptoms, but is difficult to eradicate.
In this case, one can differentiate between a real infection, in which the person has symptoms (pain, burning with urination, fever, even sepsis) or is merely colonized with minimally virulent bacteria. The latter may be best-served by surveillance rather than aggressive antibiotic treatment.

In brief: Colonization

Some people have bacteria in their urine that does not cause symptoms, but is difficult to eradicate.
In this case, one can differentiate between a real infection, in which the person has symptoms (pain, burning with urination, fever, even sepsis) or is merely colonized with minimally virulent bacteria. The latter may be best-served by surveillance rather than aggressive antibiotic treatment.
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