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Is it possible to develop sudden cognitive decline from untreated urinary tract infection?

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Dr. James Lin
Urology

In brief: No, ...

Cognitive decline is usually a slow long process in its development resulting from aging or long-term CNS-related drug use.
If occurring suddenly, certain recent events affecting CNS such as being chronically ill with sudden dehydration, drug abuse, etc. Untreated UTI should not suffice to cause sudden cognitive decline. Nonetheless, seek timely pro-evaluation, Rx, care, and counseling....

In brief: No, ...

Cognitive decline is usually a slow long process in its development resulting from aging or long-term CNS-related drug use.
If occurring suddenly, certain recent events affecting CNS such as being chronically ill with sudden dehydration, drug abuse, etc. Untreated UTI should not suffice to cause sudden cognitive decline. Nonetheless, seek timely pro-evaluation, Rx, care, and counseling....
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