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Is a kidney infection serious for older adults?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

A kidney infection can be serious for an older adult. When kidney infections are not recognized and treated, they can cause damage to the kidneys leading to kidney failure. Older adults do not present symptoms the same way as other adults. They are absent of the normal symptoms and may seem confused and disoriented. They may also develop sepsis, which is a whole-body infection that can be fatal if not treated immediately.

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