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I had a urinalysis done this week prior to my scheduled infusion of Ofatumumab. My urine culture came back positive for a UTI. I have no UTI symptoms, but have had flare ups of past MS related symptoms and headaches for the last week. My question is, how common is it to have an asymptomatic UTI?
I have never had one (that I know of) before. I’m 33, diagnosed with RRMS in October, take no other medications and have no other medical conditions. Would it be helpful to take any supplements (cranberry) to help prevent future UTIs?
Your can categorize bacteriuria (i.e bacteria in the urine) into four categories for people with Multiple Sclerosis :
Overall, risk factors for asymptomatic or symptomatic UTIs in people with MS include being female, older, more disabled (at least walking with assistance), prior UTIs and using catheters.
In your case, I do not have enough information to determine if your positive results were caused by contamination or an asymptomatic urinary tract infection. If both your urinalysis and urine culture showed signs of an acute infection then this likely represents an asymptomatic UTI.
Revere P (Rip) Kinkel, MDProfessor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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