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J Urol. 1984 Sep;132(3):541-2.

Urinary tract infection in boys.


Considerable literature exists regarding the evaluation and treatment of children with urinary tract infection yet little has been reported solely about boys. We reviewed retrospectively 83 boys who were seen after an initial urinary tract infection. Fever was the most common presenting sign (50 per cent) and the most common organisms encountered were of the gram-positive group of bacteria. Escherichia coli accounted for only 21 per cent of the infections. Of the boys 75 per cent (62 patients) had an anatomic abnormality, most commonly vesicoureteral reflux, although more than 25 per cent of our patients had obstructive lesions. Renal scarring was present in half and 58 per cent required early surgical intervention. Urinary tract infection seems to have a higher morbidity in boys and the finding of an atypical organism is to be expected. Based on our findings, we strongly recommend an excretory urogram and a voiding cystourethrogram as the minimal evaluation of boys following an initial urinary tract infection.

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