A prospective study of urinary tract infection during pelvic radiotherapy

I. Bialas, E. M. Bessell*, M. Sokal, R. Slack

*Corresponding author for this work

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The frequency of urinary tract infection before and during pelvic radiotherapy was studied prospectively in 172 patients who were not catheterised and had not had instrumentation for at least 4 weeks prior to radiotherapy. The incidence of urinary tract infection prior to radiotherapy was 17% and a further 17% of patients developed a urinary tract infection during radiotherapy. Mid-stream specimens of urine (MSU) should be examined for infection on a weekly basis during pelvic radiotherapy not only to identify this additional 17 % of patients but also to detect those patients who have persistent urinary tract infection in spite of treatment with appropriate antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-309
Number of pages5
JournalRadiotherapy and Oncology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • Pelvic radiotherapy
  • Urinary tract infection


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