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is a kidney infection for a 15 year old serious?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
Yes: Kidney infection is serious for anyone, it can cause loss of kidney function, and can be life threatening too.Your doctor should try and find out the cause and see if you are more susceptible to it and help prevent more infections.
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Yes: Kidney infections are generally more serious than a bladder infection (uti). In a patient who is very young, there is hi possibility that there is an anatomic abnormality causing the infection. All patients should have an evlautaion to help determine the cause to prevent future recurrence. This generally includes imaging studies and possibly cystoscopy (telescope to look in the bladder).
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Imaging studies should include a renal + bladder ultrasound + voiding cystourethragram + possibly a nuclear renal scan (Mag 3 if hydroneprosis present, DMSA scan in absence of hydroneprosis) these studies should provide an answer as to cause and avoid need for cystoscopy in absence of imaging abnormalities.
Feb 22, 2012
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Potentially: Certainly should be worked up by a urologist or nephrologist. Child has probably already had a kidney us, but should also have a voiding cysto-urethrogram (bladder) xray to rule out bladder reflux plus a dmsa nuclear renal scan or ct with contrast. Kidney infection can lead to scarring which later can lead to hypertension. Also future kiney failure if in both kidneys or in a solitary kidney.

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Is a kidney infection for a 15 year old considered very serious?

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Dr. James Krick
Urology 36 years experience
Depends: Really depends on whether its a bladder infection or a kidney infection (big difference) and whether the 15 year old is male or female. I recommend that all children who have pyelonephritis (kidney infection) follow up with a urologist.

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