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ESPARZA, Germán Francisco; MOTOA, Gabriel; ROBLEDO, Carlos  and  VILLEGAS, María Virginia. Microbiological aspects in the diagnosis of urinary tract infections . Infect. [online]. 2015, vol.19, n.4, pp.150-160. ISSN 0123-9392.

Background: Urinary tract infections (UTI) are one of the most frequent reasons for consultation in outpatient and emergency settings. The absence of guidelines and consensus from the microbiology laboratory for the diagnosis of UTI may affect the relevance and reliability of the results and delay the physician's treatment determination. Objective: To creat e an algorithm for the laboratory diagnosis of UTI in Colombia based on current evidence, in order to provide recommendations regarding sample collection, storage, transport and processing and to provide guidance for physicians' decision making. Methods: We reviewed the current standards and guidelines for the diagnosis of UTI and considered comments from microbiology and infectious disease experts based on a literature search using relevant search terms and emphasizing local studies. Results: We generated recommendations for collecting samples, storage, transport, culture and susceptibility testing for the reliable diagnosis of UTI in patients in Colombia.

Keywords : Urinary tract infection; Microbiological techniques; Identification; Microbial sensitivity tests; Colombia.

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