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What is the likelihood of someone being hospitalized for a kidney infection?

What is the likelihood of someone being hospitalized for a kidney infection?

Kidney infection: Unlike a bladder infection, a kidney infection can make you very Ill. In addition to causing excruciating pain on the side of the infected kidney, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills are common symptoms as well. If you are unable to remain well hydrated or take antibiotics without vomiting, hospitalization will be necessary. It is not unusual for patients with a kidney infection to require hospi ...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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What is the likelihood of being hospitalized for a kidney infection in pregnancy?

What is the likelihood of being hospitalized for a kidney infection in pregnancy?

Several qualifiers: Hospitalization is needed for those conditions which cannot be managed as an outpatient.The prominent factors include: is the patient able to take oral medications & hold down enough fluids to stay hydrated? Is the germ causing the UTI one that can be treated in pregnancy with an oral medication? Is patient free of other complications? If any of these is no, a hospitalization may be needed. ...Read more

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What's the probability of being hospitalized for a kidney infection?

What's the probability of being hospitalized for a kidney infection?

Low: The overwhelming majority of urinary tract infections are treated as an out-patient. However, when there is significant fever and evidence that the infection has involved the kidneys themselves then hospitalization may be necessary in order to use IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can a kidney infection put you in the hospital?

How can a kidney  infection put you in the hospital?

Acute pyelonephritis: This can be an extremely severe infection which may have been caused by infection elsewhere extending to the kidney, or the primary kidney infection creating sepsis systemically. The extent of disease, age of the patient, organism and other factors will determine the need for hospitalization. ...Read more

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What determines if someone with a kidney infection is admitted in the hospital or not? I have one and in a lot of pain and sent home

What determines if someone with a kidney infection is admitted in the hospital or not? I have one and in a lot of pain and sent home

This depends on: The emergency room physician. He would make the decision based on severity of symptoms, fever, culture etc- if symptoms persist return to er for another exam. ...Read more

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Been having utis off and on for 3 years. This month hospitalized twice for my uti. This month uti turned kidney infection. Not sexual active. Help?

Been having utis off and on for 3 years. This month hospitalized twice for my uti. This month uti turned kidney infection. Not sexual active. Help?

May Need Prophylacti: In situations like yours, prophylactic(preventive) long term antibiotics may be indicated. You should raise this question with your treating doctor or seek a second opinion from an Internist(Internal medicine specialist). ...Read more

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I'm hospitalized for kidney infection, and on oxygen as blood saturation is around 80, normally 97-99. Could my infection or complications cause this?

I'm hospitalized for kidney infection, and on oxygen as blood saturation is around 80, normally 97-99. Could my infection or complications cause this?

Additional Concern: Are you sure about the diagnosis of a kidney infection. Pulmonary renal syndromes; wegener's gn, goodpastures, cause pulmonary hemorrhage (bleeding) and present with lung disease and kidney failure. Also, 10-20 % of patients with kidney infections seed the blood stream with bacteria and you can develop infections outside of the kidney. Finally, ards, a lung disease can develop in very ill pts. ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting uti's? I've had at least 5 since feb including being hospitalized with kidney infections. Also get thrush alot.

Why do I keep getting uti's? I've had at least 5 since feb including being hospitalized with kidney infections. Also get thrush alot.

Plumbing problem?: Urinary tract infections are more common in women but 5 urinary tract infections would seem excessive. You should probably be evaluated for an anatomic problem of your urinary tract which may make your more prone to infection. Often, recurrent utis may be due to inadequate clearance of the original infection. Is this the same bug all the time? Recurrent thrush may suggest immune deficiency. ...Read more

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I am in the hospital right now with a severe kidney infection. The only medication that helps the flank pain makes me itch terribly. What is the max?

I am in the hospital right now with a severe kidney infection.  The only medication that helps the flank pain makes me itch terribly.  What is the max?

Ask your doctor ...: You should ask the attending doctor who is treating you because s/he knows more about your individual conditions than anyone online. Severe itch may be a sign of drug allergy, and the doctors will periodically, at least once daily, reassess your clinical response so to adjust treatment as needed. ...Read more

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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