A urinary tract infection is an infection of the urinary tract with symptoms that can vary with age and gender. Symptoms of UTI also depend on exactly where the infection is (urethra, bladder, ureter or kidney), but commonly include increased frequency and urgency of urination with only a small amount of urine upon emptying. Other common symptoms include a burning with urination, strong unpleasant odor of urine, cloudy urine, dark color or bloody urine, fever/ chills, and sometimes back, pelvic or rectal pain. In older adults, symptoms of UTI may not be identified until they become confused, weak or lethargic. An unexplained fall may be the first sign that a patient has a UTI.
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