Hyderabad. A man’s attempt to treat his daughter’s illness through antibiotics using internet knowledge led to a serious kidney infection. Doctors have given this information.
This case highlights the need to follow responsible health care practices.
The patient was successfully treated at Asian Institute of Nephrology and Urology (AINU), Secunderabad.
According to Dr Raghavendra Kulkarni, Consultant Urologist, AINU, the incomplete antibiotic course resulted in infection and formation of a stone-like structure called matrix.
A female architect suffering from kidney stones sought relief from another hospital, where efforts to remove the stone proved futile. Upon turning to AINU for a second opinion, a CT scan revealed multiple stones of 10-13 mm size. Only two were actual stones while the rest were transformed into matrix.
One and a half years ago, the patient underwent surgery to treat kidney stones, but some problems remained unresolved. Instead of seeking professional advice for recurring symptoms, she relied on her father’s advice and an incomplete antibiotic course. This led to antibiotic resistance and the bacterial proteins coagulated, forming a matrix.
The patient showed symptoms of obstructed kidneys and urinary tract infection (UTI). Had to divert blocked urine after surgical intervention/PCNL to remove the stone.
Postoperatively, the patient reported a history of taking antibiotics for UTI symptoms, frequently discontinuing the course. Dr. Raghavendra Kulkarni stressed the importance of avoiding self-medication and completing the prescribed antibiotic dosage. He highlighted the risk of matrix formation due to untreated infections, especially in women. The recommended treatment, percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) proved effective in this case.
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