Urinary tract infections in the elderly: a review of disease characteristics and current treatment options

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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in the elderly, and cover a range of conditions from asymptomatic bacteriuria to urosepsis. Risk factors for developing symptomatic UTIs include immunosenescence, exposure to nosocomial pathogens, multiple comorbidities, and a history of UTIs. European guidelines on urological infections recommend antimicrobial treatment only for symptomatic UTIs. Non-antimicrobial options to treat and prevent UTIs include among others cranberry products, OM-89 Escherichia coli bacterial lysate vaccine, and estrogen therapy in postmenopausal women, although evidence for their efficacy is weak. Another nonantimicrobial option to control and prevent UTIs is a medical device (Utipro Plus®) containing xyloglucan, gelatin, propolis, and extracts of Hibiscus sabdariffa. The device acts in the intestine as a mechanical barrier to protect against invasion by uropathogenic E. coli strains. A randomized controlled trial of Utipro Plus® in patients with uncomplicated UTIs provided good-quality evidence of its efficacy compared with placebo. In an observational study of Utipro Plus® in patients with recurrent UTIs, more than 80% women reported a return to their pre-UTI clinical status and about 30% transitioned from symptomatic UTIs to asymptomatic bacteriuria. New treatment strategies that offer a safe and effective non-antimicrobial means of managing UTIs could have an important role in the elderly.

Keywords: elderly patients, medical device, non-antimicrobial treatment, urinary tract infections.

Citation: Rodriguez-Mañas L. Urinary tract infections in the elderly: a review of disease characteristics and current treatment options. Drugs in Context 2020; 9: 2020-4-13. DOI: 10.7573/dic.2020-4-13

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Acknowledgements: Medical writing assistance was provided by Robert Furlong and Kerry Dechant of behalf of Content Ed Net (Madrid, Spain), with funding by Noventure SL, Barcelona, Spain. This manuscript is a review article and does not involve a research protocol requiring approval by the relevant institutional review board or ethics committee.

Funding declaration: Writing assistance was funded by Noventure SL, Barcelona, Spain.

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Correspondence: Leocadio Rodríguez Mañas, Servicio de Geriatría, Hospital Universitario de Getafe, Carr. Madrid – Toledo, 28905 Getafe, Madrid, Spain. leocadio.rodriguez@salud.madrid.org

Provenance: submitted; externally peer reviewed.

Submitted: 22 April 2020; Peer review comments to author: 18 May 2020; Revised manuscript received: 3 June 2020; Accepted: 5 June 2020; Publication date: 8 July 2020.

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