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Is a kidney infection for a 15 year old serious?
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5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Kidney infections are generally more serious than a bladder infection (uti).
In a patient who is very young, there is hi possibility that there is an anatomic abnormality causing the infection. All patients should have an evlautaion to help determine the cause to prevent future recurrence. This generally includes imaging studies and possibly cystoscopy (telescope to look in the bladder).

In brief: Yes
Kidney infections are generally more serious than a bladder infection (uti).
In a patient who is very young, there is hi possibility that there is an anatomic abnormality causing the infection. All patients should have an evlautaion to help determine the cause to prevent future recurrence. This generally includes imaging studies and possibly cystoscopy (telescope to look in the bladder).
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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Dr. George Klauber
Imaging studies should include a renal + bladder ultrasound + voiding cystourethragram + possibly a nuclear renal scan (Mag 3 if hydroneprosis present, DMSA scan in absence of hydroneprosis) these studies should provide an answer as to cause and avoid need for cystoscopy in absence of imaging abnormalities.
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Kidney infection is serious for anyone, it can cause loss of kidney function, and can be life threatening too.
Your doctor should try and find out the cause and see if you are more susceptible to it and help prevent more infections.

In brief: Yes
Kidney infection is serious for anyone, it can cause loss of kidney function, and can be life threatening too.
Your doctor should try and find out the cause and see if you are more susceptible to it and help prevent more infections.
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Potentially
Certainly should be worked up by a urologist or nephrologist.
Child has probably already had a kidney us, but should also have a voiding cysto-urethrogram (bladder) xray to rule out bladder reflux plus a dmsa nuclear renal scan or ct with contrast. Kidney infection can lead to scarring which later can lead to hypertension. Also future kiney failure if in both kidneys or in a solitary kidney.

In brief: Potentially
Certainly should be worked up by a urologist or nephrologist.
Child has probably already had a kidney us, but should also have a voiding cysto-urethrogram (bladder) xray to rule out bladder reflux plus a dmsa nuclear renal scan or ct with contrast. Kidney infection can lead to scarring which later can lead to hypertension. Also future kiney failure if in both kidneys or in a solitary kidney.
Dr. George Klauber
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