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Two hundred sixty patients with ARD (mean age, 52.4 [standard deviation , 14.6] years) and 238 controls (mean age, 51.2 [SD, 16.5] years) were enrolled.
The significance of AB in immunocompromised patients has not been studied extensively.
At enrollment, all patients and controls were screened for AB with 2 consecutive urine cultures within 1 week.
Quantitative urine cultures were performed according to standard methods.
Age-matched women with endocrine disease, without any autoimmune disease, not receiving immunosuppressive agents were used as controls.
Subjects were followed up for 1 year for the development of symptomatic UTI.