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The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast

Supercharge your learning as these board-certified Internists interview the experts to bring you clinical pearls, practice changing knowledge, and a healthy dose of humor. 

Jan 7, 2019

“Urinary tract infections” (UTIs) are overdiagnosed. Antibiotics are overprescribed. UTIs are inappropriately blamed for geriatric syndromes (eg delirium) despite little supporting evidence. Our guest, Tom Finucane MD, Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins makes us question everything. Topics: How can we diagnose “UTI”? Who needs treatment? Do urinary tract symptoms matter? Does malodorous urine correlate with infection? Who’s at risk for pyelonephritis and sepsis? Don’t miss this paradigm changing episode. And stop using the term “urinary tract infection” unless it’s prefaced by air quotes!

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Written and produced by: Matthew Watto MD

Hosts: Matthew Watto MD, Paul Williams MD

Edited by: Matthew Watto MD

Guest: Tom Finucane MD, MACP

Time Stamps

  • 00:00 Disclaimer, intro and guest bio
  • 04:00 Guest one liner, book recommendation, career advice
  • 08:22 The “medical ignorome”
  • 13:40 ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2019 details
  • 16:20 Case of malodorous urine; Urine is NOT sterile; Defining terms
  • 25:14 Stop saying UTI unless using air quotes
  • 28:34 What symptoms or history matters in evaluation for “UTI”? And can we predict who will become systemically ill?
  • 34:47 Voltaire and when treatment is warranted for “urinary tract infections”
  • 37:15 Delirium in an older adult with possible UTI, how to work it up, and who warrants antibiotics
  • 51:55 Take home points
  • 53:38 Outro