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What are urinary tract infections (UTIs)?

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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are bacterial infections in the urinary system. They’re very common and usually not serious, though there can be exceptions.

Your urinary tract includes your bladder, kidneys, ureters (two tubes that go from your kidneys to your bladder), and urethra (how urine goes out of your body from your bladder).

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

American Academy of Family Physicians.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)."

Urology Care Foundation: "What Causes a UTI?"

National Association for Continence: "What Is a Fistula?"

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on April 17, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

American Academy of Family Physicians.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)."

Urology Care Foundation: "What Causes a UTI?"

National Association for Continence: "What Is a Fistula?"

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on April 17, 2018

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