Medical History and Physical Exam for Urinary Tract Infections
If you have symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI), your
initial evaluation by your doctor will include a medical history and physical
exam. A medical history includes an evaluation of your current
urinary tract symptoms, history of
urinary tract infections or other urinary tract
problems, family health history, and sexual history. You and your doctor will
discuss your general health and the results of previous testing.
For women, your doctor will:
Evaluate the possibility of pregnancy and any
history of reproductive problems.
Include a pelvic exam if symptoms
indicate a possible pelvic infection or
Examine your lower back,
abdomen, and the area just above where the pelvic bone and the lower abdomen
meet for tenderness, pain, or abnormalities.
For men, your doctor will:
Evaluate any history of prostate
Examine your genitals, lower back, and
Examine your rectum and rectal area to check for
prostate enlargement, growths, or
Take your temperature.
Why It Is Done
You have symptoms of a UTI.
Findings of the medical history and physical exam include the
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