Identifying kidney damage risk after UTI in kids

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Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 10:26 am

Urinary tract infections are a fairly common problem in children.

Most go away with the help of antibiotics, but some linger and could damage the child’s kidneys.

But a new study finds several factors may help doctors determine if a child, whose been diagnosed with their first urinary tract infection, may be at risk for kidney damage.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine studied nearly 1,300 children with urinary tract infections.

They found 15% of them had scarring on their kidneys and that there were several factors associated with them.

They included: a fever of at least 102 degrees, infection with an organism other than e-coli, and an abnormal kidney ultrasound.

Researchers say identifying the factors that may cause a urinary tract infection to lead to kidney scarring could help doctors deliver more specified treatments.

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