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Case #1

Carol is a 35 year-old flight attendant. She is a healthy woman with no significant past medical or surgical history. She has two healthy girls. She does not take any medication.

During the course of a long, intercontinental flight, she started to have dysuria (difficult urination), frequently painful. She also felt urinary urgency (immediate unstoppable urge to urinate) and urinary frequency. She also perceived that the urine had a strong odour. However, she did not have a fever or chills nor lumbar or flank pain. 

With the information already given about Gram negative and positive bacteria, consider the following questions:

  • What type of urinary tract infection does Carol have?
  • What is the most common causative pathogen?
  • What are the likely common complications of this infection?

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This article is from the free online course:

Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance: Gram Negative Bacteria

The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy