Urinary tract infections in cocaine-exposed infants.

E. K. Gottbrath-Flaherty*, R. Agrawal, V. Thaker, D. Patel, K. Ghai

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Infants prenatally exposed to cocaine are reported to have an increased incidence of genitourinary tract abnormalities. Because children with genitourinary tract anomalies have a higher incidence of urinary tract infections, a prospective study was performed to investigate the incidence of urinary tract infections in cocaine-exposed infants. The urine culture results were positive in 14% of 110 cocaine-exposed infants studied. This is significantly higher than the 4% infection rate in our control group and higher than the previously reported incidence of 0.1% to 3% urinary tract infections in newborns. Although the incidence of abnormal results from renal ultrasonography was high (16%), abnormal results did not correlate with the development of a urinary tract infection. Other laboratory tests also did not predict urine culture abnormalities. Urine culture screening is recommended for all cocaine-exposed infants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-207
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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