UTI test used by GPs gives wrong results in at least a fifth of cases, study claims

UTI test used by GPs gives wrong results in at least a fifth of cases, study claims
 

A test that is routinely used by doctors to diagnose urinary tract infections wrongly gives a negative result in a fifth of cases, scientists have found.
The findings imply that a large proportion of women who seek medical help for UTIs such as cystitis are being misdiagnosed, with some being told their problem is psychological. Many women with severe symptoms are also likely to have been refused antibiotics.
Stefan Heytens, a practising GP and a researcher at the University of Ghent, said: “A substantial percentage of women visiting their GP with symptoms of a UTI, who test negative for a... read more

 
9 March 2018 in Science &Technology, Views: 37
Source: Guardian
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