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Can my kidney become infected by bacteria?

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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The leading cause of kidney infections is bacteria.
Kidney infections are sometimes also referred to as uti's and cause symptoms like more frequent urination, burning with urination, fevers, nausea and/or back pain.

In brief: Yes

The leading cause of kidney infections is bacteria.
Kidney infections are sometimes also referred to as uti's and cause symptoms like more frequent urination, burning with urination, fevers, nausea and/or back pain.
Dr. Paige Gutheil
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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Urinary tract infections (UTI) can infect the kidneys.
Uti can ascend from your bladder back upwards to the kidneys and cause a very bacterial infection caused pyelonephritis. Pyelonephritis are seen predominantly in young women and older men.

In brief: Yes

Urinary tract infections (UTI) can infect the kidneys.
Uti can ascend from your bladder back upwards to the kidneys and cause a very bacterial infection caused pyelonephritis. Pyelonephritis are seen predominantly in young women and older men.
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

If left untreated with UTI bacteria get into , the kidney.

In brief: Yes

If left untreated with UTI bacteria get into , the kidney.
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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Yes

Bladder infections which go untreated for a long time can result in the bacteria going up the ureter, and infecting the kidneys.
Bacteria in the blood can also travel to the kidneys, so all kidney infections are not from bladder infections, but it is the most common cause.

In brief: Yes

Bladder infections which go untreated for a long time can result in the bacteria going up the ureter, and infecting the kidneys.
Bacteria in the blood can also travel to the kidneys, so all kidney infections are not from bladder infections, but it is the most common cause.
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Dr. Perry Sexton
Family Medicine
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In brief: Yes

This is more of a concern for women than men.
Most infections come from the external world being carried in through the genitalia. Thankfully a kidney infection is often preceded by a bladder infection which has symptoms of pain and urgency of urination. There can be a small or a large amount of time before a kidney infection results. Treating a bladder infection can prevent this.

In brief: Yes

This is more of a concern for women than men.
Most infections come from the external world being carried in through the genitalia. Thankfully a kidney infection is often preceded by a bladder infection which has symptoms of pain and urgency of urination. There can be a small or a large amount of time before a kidney infection results. Treating a bladder infection can prevent this.
Dr. Perry Sexton
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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: From a UTI

Urinary tract infections (UTI) can infect the kidneys.
Utis can ascend from your bladder back upwards to the kidneys and cause a bacterial infection caused pyelonephritis. Pyelonephritis are seen predominantly in young women and older men. Pyelonephritis usually need to be treated with intravenous antibiotics.

In brief: From a UTI

Urinary tract infections (UTI) can infect the kidneys.
Utis can ascend from your bladder back upwards to the kidneys and cause a bacterial infection caused pyelonephritis. Pyelonephritis are seen predominantly in young women and older men. Pyelonephritis usually need to be treated with intravenous antibiotics.
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Most definitely. That is what is meant by a kidney infection.
Several types of bacteria can do this but the most common is one called e. Coli. Antibiotics are required treatment. Kidney infections can cause scarring and decreased function of the kidney if not treated promptly and effective so follow up with a physician is recommended.

In brief: Yes

Most definitely. That is what is meant by a kidney infection.
Several types of bacteria can do this but the most common is one called e. Coli. Antibiotics are required treatment. Kidney infections can cause scarring and decreased function of the kidney if not treated promptly and effective so follow up with a physician is recommended.
Dr. Kenneth Adler
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Dr. Theodore Caspe
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

It is called pyelonephritis.

In brief: Yes

It is called pyelonephritis.
Dr. Theodore Caspe
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

When bacteria infect the kidney, it is called pyelonephritis, and requires treatment with antibiotics.

In brief: Yes

When bacteria infect the kidney, it is called pyelonephritis, and requires treatment with antibiotics.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

This is one of the dreaded but common complications of a bladder infection.
If a urinary tract infection (UTI) is left untreated the bacteria can work backwards up the ureters which connect to the kidneys and cause an infection. This can cause significant pain, high fevers and illness severe enough to need to be treated in the hospital.

In brief: Yes

This is one of the dreaded but common complications of a bladder infection.
If a urinary tract infection (UTI) is left untreated the bacteria can work backwards up the ureters which connect to the kidneys and cause an infection. This can cause significant pain, high fevers and illness severe enough to need to be treated in the hospital.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Acute pyelonephritis is the long winded medical name for an infection of the kidney, and the vast majority of these are bacterial in etiology.
This can be an extension of a bladder infection, or can result from kidney stones.

In brief: Yes

Acute pyelonephritis is the long winded medical name for an infection of the kidney, and the vast majority of these are bacterial in etiology.
This can be an extension of a bladder infection, or can result from kidney stones.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

This condition is known as pyelonephritis and is usually caused by gram negative bacteria tracting from the GI tract or from kidney stones or from indwelling catheters.
Symptoms may include fever, pain, nausea, vomiting , and blood in the urine. It can be a very serious condition requiring hospitalization.

In brief: Yes

This condition is known as pyelonephritis and is usually caused by gram negative bacteria tracting from the GI tract or from kidney stones or from indwelling catheters.
Symptoms may include fever, pain, nausea, vomiting , and blood in the urine. It can be a very serious condition requiring hospitalization.
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
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Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

A kidney infection needs to be treated urgently.
If allowed to continue, infection can result in compromised kidney function, .

In brief: Yes

A kidney infection needs to be treated urgently.
If allowed to continue, infection can result in compromised kidney function, .
Dr. Theodore Cole
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

The condition is called pyelonephritis, and it's a serious infection, typically requiring either injected or intravenous antibiotics to treat.

In brief: Yes

The condition is called pyelonephritis, and it's a serious infection, typically requiring either injected or intravenous antibiotics to treat.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Kidneys can become infected with bacteria.
This is known as pyelonephritis. Treatment should be sought with your physician if you suspect this condition. Symptoms can include low back pain, fever, strong odorous urine, painful urination, etc.

In brief: Yes

Kidneys can become infected with bacteria.
This is known as pyelonephritis. Treatment should be sought with your physician if you suspect this condition. Symptoms can include low back pain, fever, strong odorous urine, painful urination, etc.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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