Urinary tract infections in men are rare as there are differences in the urinary tract compared to females which protect against bacterial infection. By definition, a UTI in men is complicated (requires longer antibiotic course and more likely to require intervention). The most common symptom is dysuria (painful urination). Other symptoms may include frequent urination and difficulty holding your urination. Other symptoms may indicate another type of infection; pain in the testicles may indicate orchitis, or pain with bowel movement may indicate a prostate infection.
Evaluation for an infection may require urinalysis testing and a urine culture. In men, a physician is more likely to order imaging studies such as an ultrasound or CT scan to rule out other causes of an infection such as a stone or incomplete bladder emptying. Other tests, such as a cystoscopy (camera examination of the urethra and bladder) may be performed to examine for a potential correctable cause.
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