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What does "colonized" mean in an ESBL Pylonefritis test?

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I had an esbl pylonefritis in october and tests show im still colonized... Mrsa is considered cleared after a yr of no infections.... Is it the same for esbl?
Posted Thu, 13 Mar 2014 in Kidney Conditions
Answered by Dr. Ravi Bansal 12 days later
Brief Answer: esbl uti Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX, MRSA is a type of bacteria ( Methicillin resistant Staph Aureus ). If it is not there now in the urine it is good as it is a very notorious bacteria. ESBL- Extended spectrum beta lactamase is a characteristic of the bacteria. ESBL in itself is not a bacteria. So it can be ESBL producing E Coli, or ESBL producing Klebsiella. Over all if a bacteria is producing ESBL , it will be resistent to many antibiotics and will be difficult to treat. Colonized- means that a bacteria is present but not causing infection ( Damage). Colonization is not common in esbl producing bacteria in urine. Why do you say colonization- are the bacteria isolated in culture ? So we need to differenciate between colonization and infection. If you are having burning sensation in urine +/- fever with puscells in urine then we call it as UTI. if there is colonization - we cannot treat it but we have to ensure personal hygiene. In case any furthur query please write -in best wishes.
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The culture came back with it but the straight XXXXXXX was negative so they thoug it was just part of the normal flora since i had eslb producing klebsiella before with plyonefritis
Answered by Dr. Ravi Bansal 17 hours later
Brief Answer: UTI Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX Its good that you don't have any infection. You just have to watch-out for the symptoms of Urinary tract Infection (UTI) like burning sensation in urine, frequency of urination and fever. In case you have such symptoms you should get a urine routine examination and culture test done. best wishes
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