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Would a kidney infection cause serious confus

07/02/2007

Question:

would a kidney infection cause serious confusion problems in an elderly man with a long term indwelling catheter

Answer:

Yes, definitely!  A kidney or bladder infection, especially if there is a fever, could cause confusion in someone who is elderly and who may have some underlying degree of confusion already.  This could indicate a very serious infection, but even a mild infection can throw an elderly person into a great deal of confusion. 

It would be best for you to get the person to see someone quickly, especially if he has a fever, is chilling or sweating, or if the urine from the catheter is cloudy.

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Response by:

Mildred   Lam, MD Mildred Lam, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University