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when i was two, i was hospitalized with poly nephritis. what is it, how did i get it & should i expect complication in the future from it?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
"poly" vs "pyelo": I am willing to bet that the condition was "pyelonephritis" (an infection of the collecting system of tubules in your kidney, rather than "poly nephritis." at the age of 2, it is easier for a bladder infection to spread up to the kidney. Having a bladder infection at 2 usually means your predisposed to have more. But, if you didn't, and are now grown, you are probably fine. Blood tests can tell.

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