Acute Cystitis Without Hematuria: What does it mean, Causes, Symptoms, & Treatments.
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1. What does acute cystitis without hematuria mean?
Acute cystitis without hematuria means an infection of your urinary bladder without blood in the urine (hematuria). Acute cystitis is the most common urinary tract infection, predominantly affecting women.
Acute cystitis is often due to bacteria invading your urinary bladder from the outside (through the urethra). Acute cystitis without hematuria is considered the (uncomplicated) type of UTI.
You may get the diagnosis of (acute cystitis without hematuria) after a urologist visit, as it is a common diagnosis established by the ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases).
The ICD-10 system was developed by the WHO (world health organization) and modified by the U.S. (ICD-1-CM) to help doctors classify different diseases.
This article is aimed to be a complete beginner’s guide to the causes, risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and prognosis of acute cystitis without hematuria.
Acute cystitis without hematuria V.S. UTI: what is the difference?
There is no difference between UTI (urinary tract infection) and acute cystitis without hematuria. Acute cystitis is considered a type of UTI.
Classification of urinary tract infection is based on the following:
- Uncomplicated UTI (acute cystitis) with and without hematuria: occurs when the infection is confined to the urinary bladder. Acute cystitis represents more than 90% of the cases of UTI.
- Complicated UTI occurs when the infection spreads to the kidneys (acute pyelonephritis) or when UTI causes severe systemic symptoms such as high-grade fever, sepsis, or septic shock (low blood pressure).
2. How is acute cystitis common?
Acute cystitis is the most common type of urinary tract infection. Women are way more commonly affected by cystitis than men due to the following:
- Shorter and wider urethra (bacteria usually invade the bladder from outside through the urethra).
- The area around the urethral opening is often moist (moisture is a good medium for bacteria to flourish).
- Easier contamination of the urethral opening by stool bacteria.
According to prevalence studies, about 30% of women will experience at least one episode of cystitis (with or without hematuria) during their lifespan (reference).
Hematuria is relatively not common with cystitis. See what blood in urine looks like.
3. Causes & Risk Factors.
Risk factors include (reference):
- Females: UTI is extremely common in females.
- Recent sexual intercourse.
- The use of spermicide-coated condoms or diaphragms.
- Diabetes mellitus.
- The use of urinary catheters.
- After a kidney transplant (mainly due to immunosuppressive drugs).
A. Infectious cystitis (most common cause).
Cystitis is commonly caused by bacterial infections. However, fungal and viral infections may also occur.
The most common bacteria causing cystitis are:
- E-coli is the most common cause of UTI (75% to 95% of the cases) (reference).
- Others (less common):
- Klebsiella pneumonia
- Proteus mirabilis.
- Staphylococcus saprophyticus.
- Group B streptococci.
B. Non-infectious cystitis:
- Chemical cystitis as with soap, bubble baths, etc.
- Radiation cystitis.
- Allergic cystitis (eosinophilic cystitis).
Symptoms of acute cystitis (uncomplicated UTI):
- Dysuria (pain during urination).
- Urinary frequency.
- Frequent waking up to pee at night (nocturia).
- Sudden urge to pee (urgency).
- Bladder pain (suprapubic pain).
- Blood in the urine (hematuria) in acute cystitis with hematuria cases. However, most cases of acute cystitis are without hematuria (blood in urine).
- Cloudy (turbid) urine.
A special notice about UTI symptoms in older women:
Symptoms of UTI in older women (more than 60) are difficult to assess because:
- Many older women have chronic nonspecific urinary symptoms such as painful urination and incontinence) that mimic the symptoms of cystitis.
- Also, they often have urinary frequency (especially at night).
Women are most commonly affected with simple acute cystitis. However, a significant proportion may suffer from recurrent UTIs.
Recurrent UTI has defined as two or more infections within six months OR three or more infections within a year (reference).
Studies estimate that 27% of women will experience recurrent UTIs (a second UTI within six months).
It is a rare event in healthy, immune-competent persons. Complicated UTI occurs when the infection spreads beyond the urinary bladder (no long acute cystitis).
The main signs of complications include:
- Flank pain.
- Lower back pain.
- Nausea or vomiting.
The definitive treatment of acute cystitis without hemorrhage is antibiotics, according to urine culture and sensitivity testing.
Other possible treatments & home remedies:
- Taking a painkiller or antipyretic OTC such as paracetamol.
- Drinking plenty of water.
- Hot foments over the bladder (hold a hot water bottle over your lower abdomen).
- Temporarily avoiding intercourse until the condition improve.
- Avoiding irritant drinks such as coffee, fruit juice, or alcohol.
- Pee more often.
- Avoiding spermicide-coated condoms and diaphragm.
- Keep the area around the urethra dry.
- Wipe from front to back when you go to the toilet (wiping from back to front increase the risk of UTI).
- Have a shower rather than a bath.
- Don’t expose the urethra and bladder to irritants such as bubble paths or talcum powder.
- Don’t hold your pee.
- D-mannose sugar tablets or powder.
- Cranberry products. (as juice, tablets, or capsules.
- Avoid too many sugary foods or drinks.
- Tight control of your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
- Written by a doctor.
MD, Internal Medicine and Nephrology specialist.
Dr. Esraa A. MagidAuthor