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How do other illnesses affect a kidney infection?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Cancer and AIDS can weaken your immune system, thereby decreasing your defenses against a kidney infection. A skin infection or an infected replacement heart valve that is positive for the staphylococcus bacteria could be dangerous because it may infect your kidneys via your bloodstream. Diabetes can also make you more vulnerable to a kidney infection.

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