• Rationale and Comments

    There is minimal evidence that surveillance urine cultures or treatment of asymptomatic bacteruria is beneficial. Surveillance cultures are costly and produce both false-positive and false-negative results. Treatment of asymptomatic bacteruria also increases exposure to antibiotics, which is a risk factor for subsequent infections with a resistant organism. This also results in the overall use of antibiotics in the community and may lead to unnecessary imaging.

    Sponsoring Organizations

    • American Academy of Pediatrics


    • American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines


    • Infectious disease


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