Bacteria detected in the urine does not mean infection is present. Treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria is a common cause of the overutilization of antibiotics. The following guidelines provide insight on appropriate management of asymptomatic bacteriuria. [1]


  1. L.E. Nicolle, K. Gupta, S.F. Bradley, R. Colgan, G.P. DeMuri, D. Drekonja, L.O. Eckert, S.E. Geerlings, B. Köves, T.M. Hooton, M. Juthani-Mehta, S.L. Knight, S. Saint, A.J. Schaeffer, B. Trautner, B. Wullt, and R. Siemieniuk, "Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria: 2019 Update by the Infectious Diseases Society of Americaa", Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2019. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciy1121