Prevalence of asymptomatic bacteriuria among Thai diabetic pregnant women

Saifon Chawanpaiboon, Tirawan Buayaem, Supavadee Sodsee, Vitaya Titapant, Julaporn Pooliam


Diabetic pregnant women are susceptible to urinary tract infection, which can result in preterm labor and a low birth weight of the neonate. This was a prospective observational study. In total, 110 diabetic pregnant women between 12–20 weeks of gestation were recruited. Asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) was diagnosed when the urinalysis presented a white blood cell (WBC) count ≥ 5 WBCs per high power field (HPF). Urine culture was later performed. Most of the diabetic pregnant women were classified as GDM A1. The prevalence of ASB was 7.2% (8/110 cases). Klebsiella aerogenes was found in only one case from urine culture. ASB was commonly found in the pregnant women with a high BMI, with statistical significance. The prevalence of ASB in the diabetic pregnant women was 7.2%. Urinalysis should be considered for diabetic pregnant women with a high body mass index. (Afr J Reprod Health 2021; 25[5]: 133-139).

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