What increases my risk for a kidney infection?

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If you are experiencing a kidney stone, you are at a high risk for a kidney infection. Urinary catheters can also put you at risk if not inserted sterilely, or if left in too long. If you are ill or your immune system is impaired, you are at a greater risk for a kidney infection. Spinal cord or nerve damage can leave you unaware of a urinary tract infection, which may result in a kidney infection.