ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
If left untreated, a kidney infection can lead to potentially serious complications, such as:
Aug. 16, 2014
- Permanent kidney damage. Permanent kidney damage can lead to chronic kidney disease.
- Blood poisoning (septicemia). Your kidneys filter waste from your blood and then return your blood to the rest of your body. If you have a kidney infection, the bacteria can spread as the kidneys return blood to circulation.
- Pregnancy complications. Women who develop a kidney infection during pregnancy may have an increased risk of delivering low birth weight babies.
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