In medicine, bacteriuria is "the presence of bacteria in the urine which is normally bacteria-free. These bacteria are from the urinary tract and are not contaminants of the surrounding tissues. Bacteriuria can be symptomatic or asymptomatic. Significant bacteriuria is an indicator of urinary tract infection."
Among hospitalized patients, about one-third of patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria are unnecessarily treated.
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