UTIs during childhood can lead to serious kidney issues

August 6, 2014 3:28 AM

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UTIs during childhood can lead to serious kidney issues

Researchers describe a new test that is nearly as good as the standard protocol but much less invasive for identifying children with urinary tract infections who are at risk of developing kidney scars.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common serious bacterial illnesses affecting young children. Nearly one in eight children with UTIs will develop permanent scarring in the kidneys. Worse, scarring is associated with a higher risk of kidney failure later in life. Unfortunately, the standa...

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