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S5W-21919: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 5 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to research by University College London, which suggests that the standard urinary tract infection (UTI) test of a midstream urine culture fails to diagnose UTIs in most people with recurring or chronic conditions.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 13 March 2019

The research by University College London notes that further study is required in order to better understand the potential weaknesses of the midstream urine (MSU) culture as a way of diagnosing UTIs. Until an alternative test is established, those responsible for detecting UTIs should continue to consult treatment guidelines in order to determine the most appropriate solution for the patient.

Diagnosis of urinary tract infections (UTIs) should take account of the clinical presentation and a detailed history. Algorithms are used to combine the results from a number of tests, including the midstream urine culture, as well as other relevant information about a patient's condition such as their age and symptoms.