Screening for urinary tract infection at the time of presumed multiple sclerosis relapse

Takeaway

  • In this pilot study, urinary tract infections (UTIs) were uncommon in people with suspected multiple sclerosis (MS) relapse, and significant predictors of probable or possible UTI included female sex and foul-smelling urine.

Why this matters

  • It is important to confirm absence of infection before starting treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) relapse, but it may be impractical or unfeasible to routinely screen for urinary tract infections (UTIs) in all patients.

  • Characterizing UTI frequency, UTI screening utility, and potential predictors of UTI risk may help to focus screening efforts.