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Complication of Kidney Infection


Kidney infection is a serious matter which should be dealt with as soon as possible. If kidney infection was left untreated, there will be serious complications. Listed below are the main three complications of kidney infection.

Kidney Infection Complications

  • blood poisoning
  • severe infection
  • kidney abscess


Kidney abscess

Kidney abscesses are a serious complication and but rarely happen. This is when the infection has been left untreated for some time and pus has started to develop within the kidney’s tissue. Medical professional has suggested that a person is at a higher risk of getting kidney abscess if they have diabetes.

Kidney abscess symptoms are almost the same as kidney infection such as high body temperatures, abdominal pain, no appetite, chills and pain when urinating.

As mentioned, kidney abscess are very dangerous as because bacterial from the abscess has the potential to spread to other organs and risk of fatality is high.

Small amount of abscess can normally be treated easily by using intravenous antibiotics and people suffering from larger abscesses will require surgical intervention. The pus in the abscesses is normal drained by needle insertion via the kidney.


Severe Infection

Another deadly but rare complication for infected kidney is emphysematous pyelonephritis (EPN) condition.

EPN or emphysematous pyelonephritis is a very severe infections in which the tissues inside the kidneys are been destroyed rapidly and bacteria infecting the kidney start to release toxins that build up in the kidney.

The cause of emphysematous pyelonephritis (EPN) is not clear but mostly revolved around people suffering diabetes.

Treatment for severe kidney infection is via emergency surgery procedure to remove partially or the whole infected kidney. Living a normal and active lifestyle is possible with only one kidney.


Blood Poisoning

Poisoning of the blood is another yet deadly complication arises from untreated kidney infection. This condition starts when bacteria from the infection entered the person’s blood stream which then can spread to other part of the body including major organs.

Poisoning of the blood is medically known as sepsis. The symptoms of sepsis includes disorientation of confusion, sweating excessively, uncontrollable shivering, high body temperature or alternatively lower than normal body temperature, pale skin, very fast heartbeat, out of breath, low blood pressure.

If someone suffer from sepsis, it is a medical emergency and requires the person to be admitted to Intensive Care Unit with given antibiotic to help fight off the infection.

If a person uses other diabetes medication including ACE inhibitors or metformin, these will be withdrawn temporarily until they recover. The reason is because that diabetes medication can damage the kidney during the blood poisoning condition.