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Can bacteria from a UTI travel?

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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If by travel you mean can the bacteria travel from their current location, bladder, where they are causing a uti.
Not uncommonly, if untreated, UTI causing bacteria can travel up the ureter to the kidney causing a more serious infection called pyelonephritis. Patients with pyelo will have fever and flank pain. In this care bacteria can rarely travel to the blood or cause a local abscess.

In brief: Yes

If by travel you mean can the bacteria travel from their current location, bladder, where they are causing a uti.
Not uncommonly, if untreated, UTI causing bacteria can travel up the ureter to the kidney causing a more serious infection called pyelonephritis. Patients with pyelo will have fever and flank pain. In this care bacteria can rarely travel to the blood or cause a local abscess.
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: Yes

Bacteria can spread in body through natural channels and by invading the blood stream.

In brief: Yes

Bacteria can spread in body through natural channels and by invading the blood stream.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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