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Urinary Disorders

UTI`s and confusion in the elderly

04/03/2002

Question:

I work with seniors and I know that Urinary Tract Infections (UTI`s) are known to cause altered mental state in the elderly, but I am trying to find information for one of my client`s family and I can`t find any facts to support something I have heard doctors say and that I have witnessed. Do you have any information regarding mental confusion as a symptom of UTI`s in the elderly?

Answer:

Urinary tract infections can be associated with mental confusion especially if the infection is systemic and bacteria enter the blood stream. A simple bladder infection without fever or kidney involvement usually is not associated with mental changes.

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Response by:

Martin I Resnick, MD Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University