When treated promptly and properly, lower urinary tract infections rarely lead to complications. But left untreated, a urinary tract infection can have serious consequences.

Complications of UTIs may include:

  • Recurrent infections, especially in women who experience three or more UTIs
  • Permanent kidney damage from an acute or chronic kidney infection (pyelonephritis) due to an untreated UTI, especially in young children
  • Increased risk of women delivering low birth weight or premature infants
Aug. 29, 2012