Study of Urinary Tract Infection Among Pregnant Women in Kirkuk

Abstract

This study was carried out in Azadi hospital in Kirkuk City, among pregnant women, from April 2002 to November 2002. A cross-sectional study included examination of 100 urine samples collected from pregnant women of age group 17-40 years attending Azadi hospital. The results clarified that urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common infections in pregnant women, since its prevalence was 29%. Symptomatic and asymptomatic UTIs scored 21% and 8% respectively. The most common pathogen causing UTIs was Escherichia coli (55.17%). Urinary tract infection (UTI) appeared more frequent among the young age group (29-32). Nalidixic acid had great effect on gram negative bacteria, while ampicillin and amoxicillin on gram positive one for treatment of UTI. The frequency of UTIs in pregnant women increased simultaneously with the number of abortions in the past, being 20.68% in women who had 1 abortion, increasing to reach 27.58% in women who had 2, and 48.27% in women who had 3, while it is 3.44% in women who had no abortion.