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Urinary Tract Infections and Kidney Involvement

Urinary tract infections are common bacterial infections that can affect any part of the urinary system, including the bladder, urethra, and kidneys. If left untreated, a UTI can progress to kidney involvement, a condition known as pyelonephritis. Pyelonephritis typically presents with symptoms such as high fever, chills, flank pain, and nausea, in addition to the usual UTI symptoms like frequent urination and a burning sensation during urination. Kidney involvement in UTIs is a serious condition and requires prompt medical attention.Diagnosis involves urine tests, blood tests, and imaging (such as ultrasound or CT scan) to confirm kidney involvement. Treatment for kidney involvement often includes antibiotics to clear the infection and medications to manage pain and fever. Severe cases of pyelonephritis may require hospitalization for intravenous antibiotics and supportive care. After recovery, it's essential to follow up with a healthcare provider to prevent future UTIs and kidney involvement through lifestyle changes and sometimes prophylactic antibiotics.

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Dr. Prashant Rajput
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Consultant Nephrologist & Transplant Physician,Global Hospital & Transplant Center,Mumbai

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