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Stones with Neurogenic Bladder..few questions

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Posted by HFHS M.D.-CK on December 29, 1998 at 12:15:53:

In Reply to: Re: Stones with Neurogenic Bladder..few questions posted by Diane...Sorry, one more question on December 10, 1998 at 22:31:57:
  :  Hi,
  One last question I forgot to add.  I have a 5 1/2 yr old daughter who also currently has a UTI.  She had another one about 3 months ago, but got rid of it with Bactrim, same med she is currently taking.  My question is:  is it possible that she could be developing whatever it is that I have that is causing these chronic infections?
  We dont use the same bath towels, and I am very careful that everything is seperated because of my infections.  Are UTI's and kidney infections contagious or hereditary?
  Thanks again
Dear Diane,
The bacteria that cause urinary tract infections are thought to originate from the gastrointestinal system.  In females bacteria from the rectal area move to the vaginal area, and finally move through the urethra into the bladder.  Only rarely do bacteria from the blood stream set up an infection in the kidneys.
UTIs are not contagious (unless direct contact with infected urine is made).
Hereditary abnormal development of the urinary tract or abnormal immune system defense mechanisms are possible, and may predispose a person to UTI's.
More individualized care is available at the Henry Ford Hospital and its satellites (1 800 653 6568). We can also arrange local accommodations through this number if this is
your need. Please bring any physicians
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