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What is the cause of a kidney infection and can it be deadly?

What is the cause of a kidney infection and can it be deadly?

Usually bacterial: Bacteria enter through the urethra and end up growing in the bladder and then the kidney. Yes , certain infections can lead to sepsis and death if not treated. ...Read more

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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What are potential causes of untreatable kidney infection?

What are potential causes of untreatable kidney infection?

Infect. kidney stone: Impossible to eliminate bacteria from an infected kidney stone. Stone has to be removed before kidney infection associated with a stone can be cleared. Kidney abscess needs be drained, or non-functioning infected kidneys with or without hydronephrosis need to be removed. Kidney infection with organism resistant to all antibiotics can be untreatable. Occasionally chronic smoldering pyelonephritis. ...Read more

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What are the causes of kidney infections?

What are the causes of kidney infections?

Bacteria: Kidney infections usually begin in the lower urinary tract. After bacteria infect there, they ascend to the kidney. Trauma, hygiene, and obstruction can all contribute to kidney infections. ...Read more

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What are the causes of kidney infection in a child?

Pediatric urologist: This should be evaluated by a pediatric urologist. Kidney infections in children suggest the possibility of there being some anatomic abnormality of the urinary tract. Reflux, incompetent valves, blood stream spread of disease, and so on should be ruled out., . ...Read more

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What could be the cause of frequent kidney infections?

What could be the cause of frequent kidney infections?

Varies.: For females, it ismore common compared to male, due to the proximity of the bladder opening( urethra)to the anal opening.So wiping backwards is one way to reduce the risk.An abnormality of the urinary tract in both sexes such as posterior urethral valve in men, or polycystic kidney disease in both sexes will be another reason for frequent infections. ...Read more

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What is the cause of kidney infections besides drinking a lot of soft drinks?

What is the cause of kidney infections besides drinking a lot of soft drinks?

Not soft drinks: Soft drinks will not cause kidney infections. Congenital abnormalities of the urinary tract, stones, obstruction, reflux, poor bladder emptying, infrequent voiding, and "sticky bacteria" are the most common causes. ...Read more

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What food that causes kidney stone or kidney infection + weight lost & hair ?

What food that causes kidney stone or kidney infection + weight lost & hair ?

Stone: Although many foods contain oxalate, only nine foods are known to increase oxalate in the urine and promote kidney stone formation. They are: beets, spinach, rhubarb, strawberries, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, and all dry beans (fresh, canned, or cooked), excluding lima and green beans. It is best to avoid these foods. Kidney infection is not promoted by food. ...Read more

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What might cause my frequent kidney infection (about every 3 - 4 months). I also have the Mirena (levonorgestrel) (for 3 years now), I drink +- 3l water a day.

What might cause my frequent kidney infection (about every 3 - 4 months). I also have the Mirena (levonorgestrel) (for 3 years now), I drink +- 3l water a day.

Complex case: Frequent kidney infx r assoc w/ certain types of kidney stones (struvite, "staghorn" calculi) or anatomic abnormalities like ureteral valve reflux or a "pouch" in d bladder. These wd have been diagnosed by a Urologist. Women have shorter urethras & r more prone to UTI, partly dependent on hygiene- but I assume that wd have been addressed by this age (31). Immune deficiency? It wd b rare - TTYD. GL ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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