Urinary tract infections

A simple urinary tract infection is rarely a cause for concern. Most patients we see have chronic or recurrent infections. Women are particularly liable to them. But early diagnosis and treatment is essential, particularly if the kidneys are affected, a serious concern.

Symptoms

These include a burning sensation during urination, pain in the lower belly, and cloudy or pink urine. Pain higher up, in the kidney area under the ribs, fever, or nausea and vomiting can signal a serious problem demanding immediate attention.

Diagnosis and treatment

Usually a careful history and physical examination will identify the cause, often a bladder infection, usually easily treated. In persistent or complicated cases, and depending on the particular patient, we might conduct further tests, such as high-resolution ultrasonography, other types of radiologic imaging, urodynamic testing, or cystoscopy (a telescopic evaluation of the bladder). More in-depth evaluation might include X-rays involving contrast dye injections in the kidneys or even a type of biopsy. All of these procedures can all be performed at our state-of-the-art facility. Treatments, all in accordance with the highest, most current professional guidelines, depend on the particular condition and patient.