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What are the causes of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in men?

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The most common cause of a UTI in the urethra is a sexually transmitted disease, like chlamydia or gonorrhea.

In older men, prostate problems can cause UTIs. An enlarged or swollen prostate, which is known as prostatitis, can block the flow of urine. This can raise the odds that bacteria will build up and cause a UTI.

Diabetes and other medical issues can also make a man more likely to get a UTI.

From: Urinary Tract Infections in Men WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publishing: “Urinary Tract Infection in Men,” “Men and urinary tract infections.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Bladder Infection (Urinary Tract Infection -- UTI) in Adults: Definition and Facts,” “Kidney Infection: Definition & Facts of Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis).”

National Kidney Foundation: “Urinary Tract Infections.”

Mayo Clinic: “Prostatitis.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on November 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publishing: “Urinary Tract Infection in Men,” “Men and urinary tract infections.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Bladder Infection (Urinary Tract Infection -- UTI) in Adults: Definition and Facts,” “Kidney Infection: Definition & Facts of Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis).”

National Kidney Foundation: “Urinary Tract Infections.”

Mayo Clinic: “Prostatitis.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on November 15, 2019

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