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Is a kidney infection for a 15 year old serious?

Is a kidney infection for a 15 year old serious?

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). ...Read more

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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

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

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. ...Read more

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My 2 year old son has been complaining of lower back pain, very wet diapers, no fever. Is it posssible uti or kidney infection?

My 2 year old son has been complaining of lower back pain, very wet diapers, no fever. Is it posssible uti or kidney infection?

2 yr old back pain: If a 2 yr old is complaining of consistent lower back pain, it should be evaluated soon by his pediatrician. UTI & kidney infections are always a possible diagnosis, but other causes of back pain can be as serious. ...Read more

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Positive ANA Titer 1:80 Homogenous in my 10 year old daughter. Chronic fatigue and repeat kidney infections. Could it be Pediatric Systemic Lupus?

Positive ANA Titer 1:80 Homogenous in my 10 year old daughter. Chronic fatigue and repeat kidney infections. Could it be Pediatric Systemic Lupus?

ANA: The ANA, antinuclear antibody, is a nonspecific test that might suggest a connective tissue disorder, but might not. I'm wondering why the test was sent. In any case, given the result, it would be reasonable for your provider to either send off a more complete panel of tests, or refer your daughter to a Rheumatologist. ...Read more

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7 month old had kidney infection- he's fine now and his kidneys look good on imaging. Are there any long term effects from this serious infection?

7 month old had kidney infection- he's fine now and his kidneys look good on imaging. Are there any long term effects from this serious infection?

Underlying cause?: The biggest issue when a baby has a urinary tract infection is to determine whether he has an underlying reason for the infection. Normal ultrasound imaging is reassuring. My other recommendation is to be alert for a recurrence. If this would happen other studies would need to be done to rule out reflux problems from the bladder to the ureter. This can cause recurrent infections. ...Read more

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I have missed my period thrice, but got all the cramps plus swollen feet. Could it be a kidney infection or perimenopause? I am 28 years old.

I have missed my period thrice, but got all the cramps plus swollen feet. Could it be a kidney infection or perimenopause? I am 28 years old.

Too young: You are too young to be peri menopausal unless it is premature. If you are sexually active run a pregnancy test. See your doctor. All the best. ...Read more

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Not pregnant have all symptoms of ovarian cancer went to ER told I have kidney infection but no pain when urinate or no blood 30 years old 2 children?

Not pregnant have all symptoms of ovarian cancer went to ER told I have kidney infection but no pain when urinate or no blood 30 years old 2 children?

Get a second...: The symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague and mostly non specific. It is worth considering when symptoms are chronic and not otherwise explained. More common to have a urinary or kidney infection. If you are concerned, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Could 8yr old daughter have a kidney infection without a fever, severe back pain & frequent urination? MRI & kidney scan clear but nitrates in urine.

Could 8yr old daughter have a kidney infection without a fever, severe back pain & frequent urination? MRI & kidney scan clear but nitrates in urine.

Please see answer: It is possible to have a kidney infection without those symptoms, although more often than not fever would be present. If the MRI and kidney scan are normal it's very unlikely she has a kidney infection. The presence of nitrites makes it 98% certain she has a urinary tract infection, but in her case more likely just in the bladder. ...Read more

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I'm a young female and for the past two years IV gotten a kidney infection at least once every two months. So six times a year &they r bad. Why?

I'm a young female and for the past two years IV gotten a kidney infection at least once every two months. So six times a year &they r bad. Why?

Good question: Recurrent kidney infections require a work up to discover the source. It could be many things, most of which are treatable/curable. See you doctor to get started. ...Read more

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6th kidney infection in less then a year...Dr thinks they could be caused by endometriosis...Is this possible? Suggestions on what to do next?

6th kidney infection in less then a year...Dr thinks they could be caused by endometriosis...Is this possible? Suggestions on what to do next?

See answer: Kidney infections (pyelonephritis): fever >101, chills, feel ill, positive urine culture. Endometriosis can affect the urinary tract: bladder and/or ureter but is not generally associated with recurrent utis or kidney infections unless blocking the ureter which would be evident on a ct scan. Endometriosis of bladder may cause blood in urine and mimic cystitis uti. Recommend urologic evaluation. ...Read more

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I have been in pain for the past year because of kidney infections and I have a urethral stent in and I'm I'm so much pain one with other things?

I have been in pain for the past year because of kidney infections and I have a urethral stent in and I'm I'm so much pain one with other things?

Pain: Am sorry for your severe discomfort, but there is no answer for this over the internet. Go back and discuss this with your urologist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have had kidney infection 3 times and UTI infection probably 6 times over a 5 year period what could be causing this?

I have had kidney infection 3 times and UTI infection probably 6 times over a 5 year period what could be causing this?

Need Urologist Help!: To have so many severe kidney infections suggests you need the help of a specialist in kidney disorders -- a urologist. Please make an appointment so that you can have a thorough history and physical exam taken, as well as diagnostic tests that might help find out why this is happening. Occasionally, what is found might require antibiotics for life! Please get checked! Good luck! ...Read more

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I had a kidney infection recently. I have a red rash on my chest for over a year, butterfly shape. Recently hives & weight gain. Could it be lupus?

I had a kidney infection recently. I have a red rash on my chest for over a year, butterfly shape. Recently hives & weight gain. Could it be lupus?

Hard to say.: The butterfly rash from lupus is on the face not chest. A rash, kidney infection, hives and weight gain may or may not all be related. You need to be thoroughly evaluated, with appropriate testing, by your primary care doc. A referral can be done to an appropriate specialist, if indicated by the results of that work-up. ...Read more

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4 year strong pain after sex, bloated symptoms of uti/kidney infection. No abnormalities on tests+scans on bladderkidneys, uterus, urine? Is endometrios?

See answer: 4 year hx of symptoms indicative of a chronic problem. Possibilities include: endometriosis, chronic pid, uterine abnormality, or very likely a chronic "pain syndrome" such as interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (urinary urgency, frequency, bladder discomfort) or chronic pelvic pain syndrome which can be a symptom of another disease, or it can be a condition in its own right. ...Read more

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I have a microscopic urine WBC of 30...Is this considered a severe kidney infection.

UTI: The urine white cells indicate inflammation in the urinary tract. Most of the time it is due to a simple bladder infection. However, if you have fever, vomiting, flank pain, or confusion it could be a more serious infection involving the kidney. White cells may indicate other types of inflammation too, so it's bed to see your doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a kidney infection and this is the fourth one in the past 4 years same kidney. Should I be worried?

I have a kidney infection and this is the fourth one in the past 4 years same kidney. Should I be worried?

Repeat renal infect: You should see a urologist to see if you have an obstruction of your urinary outflow tract. If one is found by doing a renal ultrasound and possibly an x-ray exam of your kidneys, it may be able to be corrected and you may be able to stop these kidney infections from recurring. See a urologist and good luck. ...Read more

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How serious is a kidney infection? I believe I may have one. Should I make an appointment immediately or can it wait?

How serious is a kidney infection? I believe I may have one. Should I make an appointment immediately or can it wait?

Diagnosed first...: Please do not let anxiety overtake and ruin your life. How to harness your life in a right path? The first step is to realize, understand, & accept available truth & facts of life; to stress such, peruse the lists in Facts of Life-1, 2, &3 by clicking the BUTTON on left of HOME of www. ForMeFirst. Com. Most UTI in young females does not involve kidneys and can be treated easily if done correctly. ...Read more

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I had a severe kidney infection 2 weeks ago finished all my meds and now symptoms are back and so is the pain. Could I have another kidney infection?

Yes it could be: You need to notify your doctor who treated your last infection. He may have to run another urine test. Repeat infections require Urine culture. Sometimes there is an obstructive problem in the urinary tract which requires more tests like CT scan of the abdomen and Pelvis to find the cause.. ...Read more

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Other than painful can a kidney infections be serious?

Other than painful can a kidney infections be serious?

Yes: Lower urinary tract infections are relatively benign, but upper tract infections are serious. Unchecked kidney infections can lead to serious complications including loss of kidney, preventable surgery and even death. ...Read more

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Does a detoxification mimic all the symptoms of a serious kidney infection?

Does a detoxification mimic all the symptoms of a serious kidney infection?

No: A host of sweet-talking, convincing, unscrupulous practitioners offer a great variety of "dexofication" treatments to people worried about their health. Dr. Weeks is absolutely right -- if you have these symptoms, get right to a reality-based physician. If an "alternative practitioner" urged you to neglect a real kidney infection, call your district attorney. ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Adrian Baudy IV
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Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis) (Definition)

Inflammation of the kidney due to a bacterial infection. ...Read more