Introduction: Chronic pyelonephritis generally occurs in middle-aged women who have a history of urinary tract infections. Due to the lack of common edema symptoms in kidney disease, it is difficult to pay attention to this disease. Even if it has progressed to the early and middle stages of chronic kidney failure, with symptoms such as mild anemia, hypertension, and polyuria, it is often misdiagnosed as hypertension or other diseases, and is therefore referred to as a "hidden killer" by doctors.
Why is kidney failure favored by middle-aged women?
In recent years, reports on chronic renal failure have been constantly appearing in the media. It is not difficult for a careful person to notice that the disaster of kidney failure often occurs in middle-aged women between the ages of 30 and 50, and the onset is sudden. Many people have reached the late stage of having to undergo dialysis and kidney replacement when they first go to the hospital for treatment.
The causes of chronic renal failure are mainly chronic glomerulonephritis, interstitial nephritis mainly chronic pyelonephritis and other self diseases, as well as hypertension, diabetes and other systemic diseases. Among them, interstitial nephritis mainly chronic pyelonephritis is the most easily misdiagnosed, which ranks second in the incidence rate of chronic renal failure.
Chronic pyelonephritis generally occurs in middle-aged women who have had a history of urinary tract infections. Due to the lack of common edema symptoms in kidney disease, it is difficult to attract people's attention. Even if symptoms such as mild anemia, hypertension, and polyuria have developed into the early and middle stages of chronic kidney failure, they are not easily taken seriously and are often misdiagnosed as hypertension or other diseases, thus being referred to as "hidden killers" by doctors. When typical symptoms such as nausea and vomiting appear, it is often in the late stage of irreparable kidney failure. From this, it can be seen that this type of renal failure caused by pyelonephritis may seem aggressive, but it actually progresses slowly over a period of one to two to several years. After investigating the cause, the culprit is the urinary tract infection that occurred several years ago.
Urinary tract infection is a common disease among women, and relevant survey data shows that over 30% of women have experienced more than one urinary tract infection in their lifetime. In this population, the majority of patients do not recur after receiving formal treatment, while some patients with poor physical condition who have not received formal treatment may experience recurrent episodes and may develop into chronic pyelonephritis after one or two years.
Expert reminder: Do not ignore urinary tract infections
Don't ignore urinary tract infections, a small illness that people consider a "small intestinal fire". The typical symptoms of acute urinary tract infection are frequent urination, urgency, and difficulty urinating, or occasional feeling of urgency and difficulty urinating. Atypical patients only experience heat and discomfort while holding their urine. At this time, one should rest in bed, drink plenty of water and urinate frequently, seek medical attention from the urology department of a regular hospital in a timely manner, and receive sufficient antibiotic treatment under the guidance of a doctor. Patients who experience urinary tract infections for the first time should receive two weeks of antibiotic treatment, and those who experience recurrent infections should receive long-term low-dose treatment for 6-12 weeks. For recurrent sexual activity related authors, they should urinate immediately after sexual activity.