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Can Kidney Infection Lead to Kidney Failure


2013-01-18 16:55

Infection usually starts from bladder. From there the infection travels through the tubes to the kidney, leading to kidney infection. If the infection is not controlled aggressively, it can cause scarring of kidney tissues. With each infection, the damage to kidney increases. Eventually, Kidney Failure occurs and kidneys to remove wastes from bloodstream. The more frequent and more serious the infection, the greater the likelihood that kidney failure will occur. Even if a mild urinary tract infection may lead to kidney infection so it should never be ignored. If you have the following symptoms and signs, it may indicate there is a kidney infection.

Mild fever

Mild fever is commonly seen in the initial stage of kidney infection. In some cases, there may even be a drastic rise in the fever at the later stages of the infection.

Burning sensation

Burning sensation during urination may be a sign of kidney infection. It is usually accompanied by pain. In serious case, it may be difficult for the person to urinate.

Lower back pain

Lower back pain persistent for a long time can be a hint of kidney infection. This feels a dull ache. There may be a sharp and stabbing pain. Any pain concentrated to the small corner of the lower back can lead to kidney trouble.

If kidney infection is left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to kidneys and other other fatal complications. Therefore, it is important for the patients to seek for immediate treatment. Firstly, urine culture and urinalysis should be performed to find out the type of virus or germ which cause the infection. The antibiotics should be used to control the infection. If antibiotics do not work well, other aggressive treatment should be used. Tight control of kidney infection can stop it from causing renal failure.


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