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Dr. Rajesh Boorgu FASN
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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more


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Why creatinine level increases in uti?

Why creatinine level increases in uti?

Number of reasons: Normally in a routine UTI, the creatinine should not be effected. If the UTI is completed and involves the kidneys, the creatinine level may increase due to kidney damage from the infection. Alternatively, some medications may cause an elevation. The creatinine may increase with a simple decrease in fluid consumption as well. ...Read more

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Living with Urinary Incontinence (Checklist)

Find a good urologist for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment
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Find out the type and cause of your UI and educate yourself
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Manage your intake of fluids: neither too much nor too little
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Watch what you drink: avoid caffeine and alcohol. Stop smoking
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What significance is an elevated bun/creatinine ratio? I also had WBC on urinalysis but no bacteria, no signs of uti. Bun and creatinine individually

Better to look at: Actual results rather than the ratio. What are the results for BUN and creatinine? Please note that all lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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Can UTI have a role in increased bun and creatinine?

Can UTI have a role in increased bun and creatinine?

Not usually : An uncomplicated, simple UTI (e.G, cystitis /bladder infection) would not affect your bun/creatinine/gfr which are the blood tests that reflect the overall function of the kidneys. A complicated, severe UTI affecting the kidneys (pyelonephritis) could, directly and or indirectly, affect kidney function and these blood tests if associated with sepsis, obstruction, or significant dehydration. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Low bun/creatinine 5:1 and UTI symptoms. with out Uti. Could this be of concern?

It depends,,,: It depends on the actual levels of BUN and Cr reported along with other lab values. If the Cr (Creatinine) is over 1.5 there might be cause for concern as it would point toward renal impairment, and there'd be other findings. Your other symptoms mentioned, flank pain, blood in urine, and proteinuria also point to a renal issue so see your doctor soon for more tests and treatment of the cause. ...Read more

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Would getting a UTI cause the kidney numbers like egfr, bun, and creatinine to change for the worse?

Would getting a UTI cause the kidney numbers like egfr, bun, and creatinine to change for the worse?

UTI and EGFR: Normally, uti's have no effect on gfr. If you have some obstrction (o) in your urinary outflow tract, your GFR can decrease until the o is resolved. What was the time interval between your GFR readings? Call you doctor and get his advice or see a nephrologist for another opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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S. creatinine increased from 1 to 1.27 in 6 mnths. No albumin or RBC in urine. Frequent urination, smelly, red color. 2-3 epith+pus cells. is it UTI?

Cannot diagnose: This cannot be diagnosed long distance over the internet. You really should be seen by a doctor and fully evaluated. The elevation in creatinine may have been due to your state of hydration at the time of testing. Go and get seen. ...Read more

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Creatinine (Definition)

It is a byproduct of creatine phosphate which is present in muscles. Levels are increased ...Read more


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