Can urinary tract infections increase my risk of other diseases?

Shahab Qureshi
Shahab Qureshi on behalf of MDLIVE
Internal Medicine
Urinary tract infections (UTI) if happens repeatedly, i.e. more than 10 times a year is definitely a concern. It may be a symptom of an underlying process that needs unmasking. It needs further evaluation by your doctor. Typically the UTIs involve lower tract also called "cystitis". The conditions that predispose to UTI are anatomic abnormalities of your urinary tract, diabetes, kidney stones, urinary catheters, urological procedures, prostate enlargement (in men). Complications as a result of repeated infections may include upper urinary tract infection also called "pyelonephritis" involving the kidney, abscess of the kidneys, bloodstream infection that may disseminate to any body organ. So prompt and careful evaluation by your doctor can prevent further complications or worsening of the underlying problem.

Urinary tract infections can occur in conjunction with other disease states. Other conditions such as kidney stones, urinary outflow obstruction, immune system deficiencies, and diabetes can increase the risk for developing urinary tract infections. Untreated urinary tract infections may lead to permanent damage of the kidneys or other parts of the urinary tract system. Women who have had three urinary tract infections will likely continue to have problems with recurring urinary tract infections. However, urinary tract infections do not appear to increase the incidence of other disease states.