What are the normal tests for men after a UTI?

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?I am concerned because my husband had a UTI back in February (first one he's ever had and he is now age 50) it cleared in a few days because he was given antibiotics and he's had no other symptoms since all seems to be fine. However the doctor referred him to the hospital and they have since done an ultrasound scan, taken various bloods and even did a cystoscopy (all of which I thought was a bit of a lot when his symptoms cleared up so quickly). Now they have referred him for a CT scan of abdomen pelvis and urinary tract. I just wanted to know is this a normal amount of testing for just a simple UTI? I feel like they can't believe it was just a UTI and are determined to find something else wrong... I thought there would normally need to be more severe or continuous symptoms for all these tests?

 

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    UTIs in men don't usually 'just happen'. In my case they are caused by failing to completely empty the bladder, in turn due to prostate problems, which gives conditions for bacteria to thrive. Also repeated UTIs can put strain on the kidneys which ultimately impair function (my kidneys are at half function after several years of repeated UTIs). So I commend your husband's doctors for being thorough in seeking the cause of his infection. Cause for gratitude rather than worry, I'd say!

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      Thanks, I know you are right and it is actually very good that they are being thorough. I just worry myself so much about it all I had hoped all the testing would be over after the clear ultrasound and cystoscopy. I guess I can only hope everything will continue to be ok. 
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    I think it would be unusual to require this tests for 'one' simple UTI that resolved quickly with antibiotics.   If he had significant visable blood in the urine, then further diagnostics might be in order.   Why doesn't he ask the doctors the reason for these tests?

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    There was significant blood during the UTI even clots came out but it all cleared after the antibiotics. As Pepasan said it is probably good  that they are being thorough. There was a mix up with the original sample they took when he had the infection - they lost it or something so there was never any proof (from the lab) that an infection was present. ?I am wondering that as they don't have that proof they still aren't sure that the gross haematuria was actually just due to an infection so want to do more testing... I guess I can only wait and see and hope for the best.

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    There are always exceptions, but gross hematuria is always a sign of concern.  I'm female, but I agree with Pepasan that is is more serious in a male.   I had microspopic blood with all my UTI's, and I got sent for the CT scan as well.   I don't like unnecessary tests, especially those with radiation.  However, it is comforting to know that your husband's doctors are taking his case seriously.  

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    I would think that they are being careful with your husband's health. Some men wouldn't ask their doctors why they were being referred  for all these tests.  That is a question that needs to be directed to his doctor and answered by the doctor.  The next time he has an appointment, go with him.  xx

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      Thanks Lynda, he is terrible at asking questions and just goes along with it, where I tend to need to know all the answers! Feel bad for being a control freak, if it were me I would just ask more! I know its a good thing that they are taking all the precautions in the long run.
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    I understand. I also need to know what's going on.  I'm a control freak.  My husband says, "Why do you have to make such a big deal out of everything."  My thoughts are, "too bad, Buster."  smile. Good luck! xx

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    If my doctors had so much thought for you husband I would have been grateful. He most certainly is a lucky chap to have such close attention. I don't know if you are in the UK but I note that Birmingham are leading the country regarding Prostate checking etc & Derby have now followed them in regard to MRI scanning before biopsy of the prostate.

    It seems well worth the effort researching those sites or any other sites if required..... If antibiotics have made him better or eradicated his symptoms that is very good news as is a PSA limit that was high & then reduced after the antibiotics but I am not a doctor but strongly advise due to my own experience that it is crucial your husbands doctors do all the tests required to put both of your minds at rest and it seems they are doing just that.

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      Thanks Micklemus,

      ?That's interesting, we are in Warwickshire so not too far from Birmingham perhaps that's why the system is so thorough here. They have mentioned that it is just the procedure these days but does seem a bit of a lot of testing for what I hope was only a UTI. Still waiting on the CT scan results, not sure what the procedure is for informing him so I am just in a mad panic about it currently :-(

      Hopefully all be ok. It is good to know that the NHS are making improvements in their processes anyway. I know a lot of other people who have been waiting months to try and get CT scans for much more severe symptoms which seems a shame.  

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    I had an infection in my waterworks that had gone on for years & much worse since 2010. I had various scans but my PSA level was high 2016 although this does increase with our age. 2 months of two different antibiotics firstly Septrin & then 33 days Ciprofloxacin eliminated all of my symptoms that were to say the least illusive.

    The doctors did not carry out correct clinical and  laboratory cultures and therefore identifying the bacteria was not resolved.

    I was told that I should have a prostate biopsy but I refused that due to me being 76 (then) and also re my none existent symptoms. I researched that Birmingham prostate clinic lead the country in evaluating prostate problems of any kind and further to that I was told Derby had followed suit in their practice of MRI before

    biopsy. I see Birmingham carry out several tests to rule out more sinister prostate problems before biopsy which seems a good idea and seem slightly more experienced than even Derby.

    It would be wise and possibly interesting to you to read up on Birmingham's Prostate clinics website which hopefully will alleviate the worries you may well have. At least it seems sensible to me to not have a biopsy

    until that procedure is absolutely necessary and of course I was glad to see that idea is shared by the countries most eminent prostate surgeon who practices at Birmingham Prostate Clinic.

    I should think the other NHS areas will follow him but things take time as well as many other so called specialists not wanting to accept his method of doing things are better than theirs!

    Why have thirty needles inserted into a chaps prostate if it is not needed? As well as that I am mindfull that there is an awful lot of differences of opinion among all specialists and the story of mine re the specialist nurse who told me her dad had a catheter in for three months he did not need advises caution on some advice we are given.  Second opinions seem a good idea if not essential in some instances......

    Education is right there on the net but not all advice is sound but having a picture taken is better than a needle any day of the week I would think!

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