What are Risks of Neglecting Kidney Treatment?

What are Risks of Neglecting Kidney Treatment?
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Ms. Maryam Reinsch and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor 


What are the potential consequences of untreated kidney infection? I've had symptoms for over two weeks due to negligence in antibiotic adherence. Despite using birth control, experiencing concerning symptoms including backaches, headaches, dark urine, and breast discharge. Seeking clarity on risks and urgency of medical attention.

Answered by Ms. Maryam Reinsch


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Possible Causes:

 1. Neglecting Antibiotics: Failure to adhere to prescribed antibiotics can allow the infection to spread to adjacent organs and the entire urinary system.

 2. Lack of Awareness: Misunderstanding birth control's inability to prevent kidney infections might have contributed to delayed treatment.

 3. Reluctance for Medical Intervention: Choosing not to seek timely medical help or refusing essential medication can exacerbate the condition.


1. Untreated kidney infections can lead to severe complications:

 2. Spread of infection to other organs

 3. Kidney malfunction or failure

 4. Potential need for dialysis or kidney transplant, which are life-threatening without intervention.


 1. Your decision to delay medical treatment carries serious risks. Urgently seeking professional help is crucial to prevent further harm. You retain the right to refuse treatment, but understanding the potential consequences is vital.




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About Ms. Maryam Reinsch

Ms. Maryam Reinsch

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