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Emergency Department Evaluation For Urinary Tract Infections

The classic symptoms of acute cystitis are dysuria, frequency, urgency, and suprapubic discomfort. However, these symptoms are not specific to UTIs and they overlap with other entities such as sexually transmitted infections, vulvovaginitis, or exposure to irritants such as allergens, chemicals, or trauma. In a retrospective systematic review of the literature looking at 9 of 464 studies published between 1966 and 2001, the combination of more than 2 of the classic symptoms of UTI, without vaginal discharge or itching, make the probability of a UTI > 90%.20

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