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Can the bacteria in kidney stones cause recurrent kidney infections?

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Dr. Kaveh Karandish
Internal Medicine

In brief: No

Kidney stones do not contain bacteria !

In brief: No

Kidney stones do not contain bacteria !
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Dr. Martin Raff
This is patently incorrect. Bacteria adhere to and form biofilms on calculi.
Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Yes

It may be extremely difficult to successfully eradicate UTI with kidney stones present, both because they are a form of obstruction and infection occurs behind an obstructed focus as well as because bacteria will adhere to a foreign body like the stone and form a protective coating over themselves that protects against antibiotics and WBCs and antibodies.

In brief: Yes

It may be extremely difficult to successfully eradicate UTI with kidney stones present, both because they are a form of obstruction and infection occurs behind an obstructed focus as well as because bacteria will adhere to a foreign body like the stone and form a protective coating over themselves that protects against antibiotics and WBCs and antibodies.
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