Clinical Preventive Service Recommendation

Asymptomatic Bacteriuria

Bacteriuria, Asymptomatic, Pregnant Women

Grade: A recommendation

The AAFP recommends screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria with urine culture for pregnant women at 12 to 16 weeks’ gestation or at the first prenatal visit, if later. (2008)

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Bacteriuria, Asymptomatic, Men, Non-Pregnant Women

Grade: D recommendation

The AAFP recommends against screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in men and nonpregnant women. (2008)

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These recommendations are provided only as assistance for physicians making clinical decisions regarding the care of their patients. As such, they cannot substitute for the individual judgment brought to each clinical situation by the patient's family physician. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These recommendations are only one element in the complex process of improving the health of America. To be effective, the recommendations must be implemented.