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What is worse a kidney stone or a kidney infection?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Comparative severity

Both are nobody's idea of fun.
Kidney stones can result in secondary uti. Kidney infections often require long periods of antibiotic therapy and can potentially produce severe damage. Depending on the cause of stones they can represent disease elsewhere (i.e., hyperparathyroidism, etc.). Would not rate them since both are potentially severe.

In brief: Comparative severity

Both are nobody's idea of fun.
Kidney stones can result in secondary uti. Kidney infections often require long periods of antibiotic therapy and can potentially produce severe damage. Depending on the cause of stones they can represent disease elsewhere (i.e., hyperparathyroidism, etc.). Would not rate them since both are potentially severe.
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