Is a kidney infection serious?

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A kidney infection can be very serious if not diagnosed and treated promptly. Delaying treatment can lead to kidney failure and possible death. The cause of your kidney infection may be due to a structural malformation or kidney stones, making you a candidate for surgery, which can be equally serious. Bacteria can get into your bloodstream causing a whole-body infection known as sepsis.

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