What is Urinary Tract Infection in Men

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 16, 2012

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  • Urinary tract infections can involve the urethra, kidneys or the bladder.
  • UTI becomes life-threatening when the kidneys get involved.
  • The older a man is, the more he is likely to be at risk for UTI.
  • An enlarged prostate gland increases the risk for UTI.

Although, women are the ones who most commonly deal with UTI symptoms, men can also develop it over time. The older a man is, the greater he is at risk of developing a UTI. While it is an established rule that one out of five women is guaranteed to develop a urinary tract infection at some point in their life. Most men will never have a UTI. Only about 20 percent of total reported UTI cases are those of men.

Urinary tract infection in men

What exactly is a UTI?

Kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that are located in the abdomen on either side of the spine. These bean-shaped organs are known to filter blood and remove excess water, potassium, salt, urea as well as other substances. The waste products then get excreted in the form of urine.

Ureters are spaghetti-shaped tubules that carry urine from the kidney to the bladder.

Bladder is a balloon-shaped organ that is located in the pelvis. In men, the bladder is located right above the prostate gland.

Urethra is a tube that carries the urine out of the bladder. In men, it must pass through the prostate and the penis.

Urinary tract infections can involve the urethra, kidneys or the bladder. A person is said to be suffering from a life-threatening type of UTI when the kidneys get involved.


Factors that put men at risk of UTIs

Besides one’s age, there are several other factors that can put a man at a higher risk of developing UTIs. These include:
•    Kidney stones
•    Enlarged prostate gland
•    Bladder catheter insertion
•    Diabetes
•    Any other health condition that may affect the immune system.


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