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A kidney infection occurs when bacteria travel from the bladder
up the ureters and into the kidneys. Sometimes kidney infections may occur when
bacteria in the blood enter the kidneys.
Symptoms of kidney
infection may include:
Oral antibiotics usually can treat kidney infections. But a
brief hospital stay and a short course of intravenous (IV) antibiotics are
sometimes required. If not treated with antibiotics, the infection may damage
the kidneys. The infection may also spread to the bloodstream and become
life-threatening, especially in young children and the elderly.
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
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