Diagnosis and Management of Urinary Tract Infection and Vesicoureteral Reflux in the Neonate

Rossana Baracco, Tej K. Mattoo

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Abstract

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common bacterial infection in febrile newborns, particularly those born prematurely and with a low birth weight. Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) predisposes to UTI and renal scarring. Half of neonates with UTI may have only low-grade fever or no fever. Jaundice in the absence of any other symptoms or signs may be the only clinical manifestation of UTI in neonates. The urinalysis may be negative in a significant number of neonates with UTI. Newborns with UTI have a high incidence of congenital anomalies of kidney and urinary tract anomalies, and hence should undergo renal imaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-642
Number of pages10
JournalClinics in Perinatology
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

Keywords

  • Diagnosis
  • Investigations
  • Neonates
  • UTI
  • Urinary tract infection
  • VUR
  • Vesicoureteral reflux

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