Prevalence of Urinary Tract Infections and Its Risk Factors in Elementary School Students

ZİNCİR H., Erten Z. K., ÖZKAN F., Sevig U., BAŞER M., Elmali F.

UROLOGIA INTERNATIONALIS, vol.88, no.2, pp.194-197, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 88 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000335554
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.194-197
  • Keywords: Urinary tract infections, School-aged children, Prevalence
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Childhood urinary tract infections (UTI) are one of the most important factors affecting adult health. Aim: The study was a cross-sectional investigation to identify the prevalence of UTI and its risk factors. Methods: The study included 2,511 6-8th grade elementary school students. Data were collected by questionnaire form and medical diagnosis. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression analyses were performed. Results: 7.1% of all participating students had UTI (10.1% girls, 4.2% boys). Students with a family history of UTI had a 3.763-fold risk of developing UTI (p < 0.05) compared to those without. Students who drank <1 liter of water daily had a 1.077 times higher risk of having the infection than those who drank >1 liter of water daily (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Students drinking an inadequate amount of water and having a family history had a high prevalence of UTI. Copyright (C) 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel