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All patients with long-term catheters will develop a chronic bacteriuria; infection arises at the rate of about 5 - 10% per day.
For silver alloy catheters, 11% of patients had bacteriuria, compared with 32% with uncoated catheters (Figure ).
A large study is required to determine whether screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria continues to be relevant in improving pregnancy outcome.
Bacteraemia may be present even tho significant bacteriuria may be absent.
Thus an individual with a covert bacteriuria has a life expectancy of less than 3 years.