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How likely is it to get pyelo from an untreated uti?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Many factors: By and large unlikely, but utis should always be treated, apart from symptom relief, because :- pyelonephritis can likely occur in presence of bladder reflux as well as with certain strains of ciliated bacteria (like mini caterpillars) which can literally crawl through the bladder valves and up to the kidneys.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
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Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience in Internal Medicine
A symptomatic UTIs in women are not recommended to be treated and almost never ascend to the kidney
Apr 6, 2012
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
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The question was regardinding untreated not asymptomaticUTIs. All UTIs should be treated irrespective of symptoms.. You may be confusing asymptomatic bacteruria with non symptomatic UTIs! Presence of WBCs as well as bacteria constitute a UTI, even if asymptomatic and should be treated because UTI might linger indefinitely, or worse might ascend any cause pyelonephritis.
Apr 6, 2012

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