Year : 2014 | Volume : 2 | Issue : 1 | Page : 5 - 7  

Original Articles
Urinary tract infection due to Staphylococcus saprophyticus in young women.

Syed Shafeequr Rahman1, R.C.Kanta2, Indu Kapur3

1Associate Professor,   2Professor,   3 Professor & HOD, Dept. of Microbiology, Malla Reddy Institute of Medical Sciences, Suraram Main Road, Quthbullapur, Hyderabad-500055

Abstract :         

Background: Staph. saprophyticus, hitherto; was considered solely as the laboratory contaminant & normal flora of the skin. Studies differ in their opinion about the incidence and age group distribution of this infection.

Objectives: To determine the prevalence of Staphylococcus saprophyticus (Staph. saprophyticus).

Methods: 200 urine specimens of women aged between 15-35 years, sexually active with symptoms of urinary tract infection, attending the hospital OPD, were analyzed.

Results: Out of 200 samples, 85 (42.5%) specimens were found positive for bacterial growth on culture. Staph. saprophyticus was isolated from the urine of two (1%) patients, indicating the low prevalence of this organism as a urinary tract pathogen in our area. Antibiogram of the organism showed susceptibility to commonly used antibiotics.

Conclusion: It is wise to subject urine samples to the identification of Staph. saprophyticus routinely for all isolates of coagulase negative Staphylococci to know the actual incidence of infection in the population.

Key words: Staphylococcus saprophyticus, urinary tract infection, young women.

Corresponding Author: Dr. Syed Shafeequr Rahman, Associate Professor, Dept. of Microbiology, Malla Reddy Institute Of Medical Sciences. Suraram Main Road, Quthbullapur, Hyderabad-500055.   Email id:


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