Urinary Tract Infection Testing by PCR (UTI )
- UTIs are among the most prevalent community acquired and hospital acquired infections, affecting almost 50% of the population at least once in their lifetime, and account for considerable amounts of morbidity and healthcare expenditure in the US, with an estimated annual cost of $3.5 billion. (1)
- The emergence of drug-resistant and multidrug-resistant pathogens is further driving the need for expeditious diagnosis and prudent use of antibiotics. (1)
- Research in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology; May 2016 T. Price et al. indicated that:
- Traditional urine cultures missed 67% of uropathogens overall and 50% in the group with severe symptoms.
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