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Prevalence and Predisposing Factors of Urinary Tract Infections among Pregnant Women in Abha General Hospital

Mona Abdullah Almushait, Hanem Abdullah Mohammed, Dai Abdullah Al-Harthy, Ashwaq Mohamed Abdullah


This study aimed to assess the prevalence of urinary tract infection (UTI) in pregnant women, to identify infectious agents causing the infection, and to explore relationship of specific socio–cultural factors with UTI. This study was conducted at the antenatal clinic of Abha General Hospital, Saudi Arabia from September 2012 to January 2013 on 402 pregnant Saudi women. Midstream urine sample was obtained. A urine analysis test and culture were done as well as socio-demographic data sheet was completed.  Among the 402 studied pregnant women, 12.7% were affected with UTI. The main causative agent was escherichia coli(e-coli) followed by staphylococci. It was found that UTI was strongly affected by the presence of previous history of reproductive tract inflammation, history of previous UTI attacks, the presence of UTI related complaints, washing and drying the perineum area, the direction of washing and drying the perineum area, frequency of changing diaper during menstruation and the average of cleaning the bathtub (P= 0.002, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.05, 0.000 and 0.002 respectively). Our study showed a significant percentage on prevalence of UTI among Saudi pregnant women.



Escherichia coli, Hygienic practices, Predisposing factors, Pregnant women, Prevalence, Urinary tract infection


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