Urinary Tract Infection (Infant) 
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 Urinary Tract Infection (Infant)

My 4-month old daughter has been diagnosed as having a severe urinary tract
infection (bacterial).  The dr. took a catheter bladder sample to make sure,
and he says he has never seen this amount of pus in an infection.  He is
worried that she may have a condition called kidney reflux.  As he explained it
this means that the ureter tubes leading from the kidneys to her bladder are
not positioned correctly, which causes urine to back up and thus the infection.
He has put her on the antibiotic Septra for a 10-day course.  He wants another
(external) urine sample after 2 days of medication and after the infection
clears up he wants to do a kidney ultrasound and a kidney histogram (injecting
dye through a catheter into the bladder, then taking x-rays to see if there is
a reflux).  He says that if this is the problem, less severe cases often cure
themselves as the child grows, and in severe cases surgery is necessary to move
the tubes on the kidney.

Needless to say, I am extremely worried and I would very much appreciate any
information that anybody can provide on this condition.  Email replies are
preferred; thanks in advance.

Ann Helmers  



Mon, 08 Aug 1994 00:13:54 GMT
 Urinary Tract Infection (Infant)
Quote:

>My 4-month old daughter has been diagnosed as having a severe urinary tract
>infection (bacterial).  The dr. took a catheter bladder sample to make sure,
>and he says he has never seen this amount of pus in an infection.  He is
>worried that she may have a condition called kidney reflux.  As he explained it
>this means that the ureter tubes leading from the kidneys to her bladder are
>not positioned correctly, which causes urine to back up and thus the infection.
>He has put her on the antibiotic Septra for a 10-day course.  He wants another
>(external) urine sample after 2 days of medication and after the infection
>clears up he wants to do a kidney ultrasound and a kidney histogram (injecting
>dye through a catheter into the bladder, then taking x-rays to see if there is
>a reflux).  He says that if this is the problem, less severe cases often cure
>themselves as the child grows, and in severe cases surgery is necessary to move
>the tubes on the kidney.

>Needless to say, I am extremely worried and I would very much appreciate any
>information that anybody can provide on this condition.  Email replies are
>preferred; thanks in advance.

Ann,

The course your doctor recommends is absolutely standard and he would
be remiss if he did not pursue it further. The problem is curable
but ignoring it can do great harm to the kidney.

Brian



Tue, 09 Aug 1994 00:39:35 GMT
 
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