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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can a person get a staph infection in the kidneys?

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Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Yes: Staph infection can result in a kidney function (pyelonephritis). When this is the case, it is possible that the infection spread from the bloodstream to the kidney ("hematogenous spread") instead of the usual means of infection ("ascending", via bacteria entering the urethra).

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Carl Junction, MO
A 42-year-old male asked:

How do you get a staph infection in your kidney?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 50 years experience
Two ways: It can ascend up the ureter but often gets there through the bloodstream.
Last updated Sep 26, 2017
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