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How serious is a urinary tract infection?
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Dr. Henry Bloom
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It depends
Most infections are simple bladder infections, although sexually transmitted diseases (which can sometimes cause sterility or serious or overwhelming infection) can have similar symptoms.
It is important to make sure that a urinary tract infection is not involving the kidneys, or leading to infection in the blood.

In brief: It depends
Most infections are simple bladder infections, although sexually transmitted diseases (which can sometimes cause sterility or serious or overwhelming infection) can have similar symptoms.
It is important to make sure that a urinary tract infection is not involving the kidneys, or leading to infection in the blood.
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
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In brief: Serious if untreated
Urinary tract infections can cause pain, urgency and frequency of urination.
If untreated the kidneys could be affected.

In brief: Serious if untreated
Urinary tract infections can cause pain, urgency and frequency of urination.
If untreated the kidneys could be affected.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
In brief: Mostly not serious
Not serious if UTI is confined to bladder & treated promptly.
Utis reaching the kidney, by bladder reflux or aggressive bacteria can result in a kidney infection/pyelonephritis. This is potentially serious because infection can kidney damage & scarring. Serious kidney infections affecting both kidneys, or a solitary kidney can lead to kidney failure & death if not treated. Thus treat all utis.

In brief: Mostly not serious
Not serious if UTI is confined to bladder & treated promptly.
Utis reaching the kidney, by bladder reflux or aggressive bacteria can result in a kidney infection/pyelonephritis. This is potentially serious because infection can kidney damage & scarring. Serious kidney infections affecting both kidneys, or a solitary kidney can lead to kidney failure & death if not treated. Thus treat all utis.
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