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Can gonorrhea contribute to kidney failure in men?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Possible, Not Top 4: Top 4 complications from gonorrhea [gc]: sterility, infectious arthritis, diseased heart valves, meningitis. Gc can spread into your blood and cause septic shock, which can lead to kidney failure & other systemwide problems. Thankfully this doesn't happen often. Also, remember if you get gc, you can get other std's like hiv. Be safe and smart. Use condoms. No love without the glove.
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 46 years experience
Gonorrhea: Gonorrhea can lead to narrowing (called stricture) of the male urethra. If the stricture is so narrow as to cause complete urinary tract obstruction then the entire urine system would fail due to the pressure, but is unlikely to happen. Common complications of gonorrhea in men and women are joint infection, heart failure and meningitis. Heart failure and meningitis can lead to kidney failure.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Does gonorrhea cause kidney failure?

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Dr. Ronald Hamner
Nephrology and Dialysis 44 years experience
No: Gonorrhea does not directly affect the kidneys. However, repeated infections can impair urine outflow from the bladder by causing a urethral stricture. Failure for urine to leave the body (bladder) means the kidneys cannot work. This is called urinary obstruction. Relief of the obstruction restores kidney function.

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