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I. UTIs due to bacterial pathogens
Urinary infections can be divided into:
As bacterial pathogenic infections often spread from one area to the other, differentiating between the sites may be difficult or impossible, especially in children.
Although urethritis (inflammation of the urethra) and prostatitis (prostate infection) are infections that involve the urinary tract, the term UTI commonly refers to:
In most cases, urinary infections are caused by a variety of pathogens normally present in the intestinal tract, especially in the colon and rectum.
Nearly all infections of the lower urinary tract are caused by a few strains of E. coli bacteria, called uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC).
The second most frequent pathogenic organism causing UTIs is Klebsiella pneumoniae.
Other pathogens include:
Urethritis is usually caused by an STD (sexually transmitted disease). Prostatitis is typically due to pathogenic bacteria (see the above) and sometimes an STD.
II. UTIs due to nonbacterial pathogens
The most common nonbacterial pathogens that may cause urinary tract infections are:
Nonbacterial pathogens causing urinary tract infections usually affect people who:
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