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What complications can happen if a urinary tract infection (UTI) in a man isn’t treated?

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If not treated, a lower urinary tract infection can spread up to your kidneys. Doctors can usually treat kidney infections. But in rare cases, a kidney infection can lead to chronic kidney disease or kidney failure.

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publishing: “Urinary Tract Infection in Men,” “Men and urinary tract infections.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Bladder Infection (Urinary Tract Infection -- UTI) in Adults: Definition and Facts,” “Kidney Infection: Definition & Facts of Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis).”

National Kidney Foundation: “Urinary Tract Infections.”

Mayo Clinic: “Prostatitis.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on November 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publishing: “Urinary Tract Infection in Men,” “Men and urinary tract infections.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Bladder Infection (Urinary Tract Infection -- UTI) in Adults: Definition and Facts,” “Kidney Infection: Definition & Facts of Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis).”

National Kidney Foundation: “Urinary Tract Infections.”

Mayo Clinic: “Prostatitis.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on November 15, 2019

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