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What are the symptoms of kidney disease or infection?

What are the symptoms of kidney disease or infection?

Multiple: Kidney infection symptoms may be fever,chills,flank pain, nausea,urinary frequency or pain, blood in urine or sediment or change in urine color as some of more common ones. Kidney disease may also involve hypertension, kidney stones, and gradual toxin buildup that can lead to fatigue,confusion, heart rhythm problems and other issues. Seek attention and evaluation if you are concerned. ...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 exactly is the worst that could happen if a kidney disease/infection isn't treated?

What exactly is the worst that could happen if a kidney disease/infection isn't treated?

Not good: If the person became septic they could become terribly ill (maybe even die if severe complications occured). ...Read more

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Will a kidney infection lead to kidney disease?

Will a kidney infection lead to kidney disease?

Kidney Infection: Not necessarily. Most kidney infections, such as a urinary tract infection or an infection in the kidney itself (pyelonephritis) can be treated safely and quickly. In certain situations based on the degree of infection or the underlying health of the patient this can impact kidney function. ...Read more

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What is a common infection with polycystic kidney disease?

What is a common infection with polycystic kidney disease?

UTI: Polycystic kidney disease usually causes hematuria (blood in the urine) or a urinary tract infection. These conditions can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long does it take for kidney infection to turn into kidney disease?

How long does it take for kidney infection to turn into kidney disease?

Not a good question.: An infection is a type of disease. The question therefore does not really make any sense. Most infections of the kidney come and go and need turn into anything else. ...Read more

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Might it happen that a kidney infection turn into something more serious like chronic kidney disease?

Might it happen that a kidney infection turn into something more serious like chronic kidney disease?

Multiple infections: If infection treated with appropriate antibiotic during the accute phase kidney damage can be preented. Chronic renal disease has to occur from multiple and/or subclinical infections, sometimes infection can affect one or both kidneys.Scarred kidneys from infection can lead to hypertension and renal failure.Infections in children are often related to vesicoureteral reflux( from bladder to kidney. ...Read more

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Can you tell if strep infection was from a certain time for kidney disease, NG, say that antibodies in the blood say that disease was 5 years previou?

Confusing question: Infections with group A streptococcus, the main cause of strep throats and certain skin infections, can lead to a kidney problem called glomerulonephritis. Post-strep GN usually is apparent within a few weeks after a strep infection, but sometimes can cause kidney damage that isn't diagnosed until years later. This is uncommon. At 5 years, probably something else explpains the kidney problem. ...Read more

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End stage kidney disease(pkd). Recurrent infections since apr, 12. Been on levoflox 500 since then.Noticed redness of skin in the leg.Is the drug safe?

End stage kidney disease(pkd). Recurrent infections since apr, 12. Been on levoflox 500 since then.Noticed redness of skin in the leg.Is the drug safe?

PKD and levofloxacin: Levofloxacin is a good medication, though can have tendon side effects. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Levo are especially good for PKD associated infections. Redness of leg skin may reflect some edema -- is there evidence of rash on trunk or arms? ...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. Tarek Naguib
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Kidney Diseases (Definition)

Kidney diseases include hereditary problems such as polycystic kidney disease, structural abnormalities, infections, cancer, and damage to kidneys due to other medical conditions ...Read more