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Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection Prevention in Adult Women

Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection Prevention in Adult Women


We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine whether D-mannose reduces urinary tract infection (UTI) recurrence (i.e. cumulative incidence) in adult women with recurrent UTI compared to other prevention agents. Secondary outcomes included side effects and compliance with D-mannose use.



Systematic review inclusion: randomized controlled trials (RCTs), prospective cohorts, and retrospective cohorts written in English of women ≥18 years old with recurrent UTI in which D-mannose was utilized as an outpatient prevention regimen. Systematic review exclusion: lab or animal-based research, study protocols only, and conference abstracts. Meta-analysis inclusion: stated D-mannose dose, follow-up time ≥6 months, a comparison arm to D-mannose, and data available from women ≥18 years of age.

STUDY APPRAISAL AND SYNTHESIS METHODS: Two independent reviewers made abstract, full text, and data extraction decisions. Study methodologic quality was assessed using the Cochrane Risk of Bias tool. Relative risks (RRs), confidence intervals (CIs), and heterogeneity (I 2) were computed.



Searches identified 776 unique citations. Eight publications met eligibility: 2 using D-mannose only; 6 using D-mannose combined with another treatment. Seven studies were prospective: 2 RCTs, 1 randomized cross-over trial, and 4 prospective cohort studies. One retrospective cohort study was included. Three studies met meta-analysis eligibility (1 RCT, randomized cross-over trial, prospective cohort). Pooled RR of UTI recurrence comparing D-mannose to placebo was 0.23 (95%CI: 0.14-0.37; I 2=0%; D-mannose n=125, placebo n=123). Pooled RR of UTI recurrence comparing D-mannose to preventative antibiotics was 0.39 (95%CI: 0.12-1.25; I 2=88%; D-mannose n=163, antibiotics n=163). Adverse side effects were reported in 2 studies assessing D-mannose only (one study (n=10) reported none; the other reported a low incidence (8/103 participants) of diarrhea). Two studies reported compliance, which was high.


D-mannose appears protective for recurrent UTI (versus placebo) with possibly similar effectiveness as antibiotics. Overall, D-mannose appears well tolerated with minimal side effects – only a small percentage experiencing diarrhea. Meta-analysis interpretation must consider the small number of studies with varied study design and quality and the overall small sample size.


Key Words

D-mannose, Non-antibiotic, Nutraceutical, Prevention, Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection, Urinary Tract Infection, UTI


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