Denominators do matter: It's a myth - urinary tract infection does not cause chronic kidney disease

Jonathan C. Craig, Gabrielle J. Williams

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Abstract

Pediatric practice is not different from other medical specialties: it is full of beliefs—some true and some false, some harmful and some not. Generations of budding pediatricians have been educated about the perils of urinary tract infection (UTI) in children. Since the 1950s we have been taught that UTI is not like other acute infectious illnesses that affect children,1 and we have also propagated the belief that the clinical importance of UTI was not primarily about timely diagnosis and acute care of what is usually an unpleasant, febrile illness but, rather, about the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD), hypertension, and ultimately end-stage kidney disease.2
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)984-985
Number of pages2
JournalPediatrics
Volume128
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • actue illness

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