Health Watch -- Bladder Woes: Bladder Infection

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about a subject that's often taboo — the bladder and related bodily functions. Previously, we discussed incontinence, a problem that can be very disruptive but that's often not diagnosed or treated. One possible cause of incontinence is a bladder infection.

Bladder infection is a frequent diagnosis among women. Symptoms include frequent urination, burning during urination, incontinence, abdominal pain, fever and chills. Dr. Philippe Zimmern, a urologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says the first step in treating a bladder infection is a urine culture to determine what organism is the cause, which helps doctors to know exactly how to treat the infection. A follow-up test may be necessary to make sure the infection is gone.

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August 2006

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