Woman Attempts Self-Treating Kidney Stones With Online Advice, Suffers Severe Infection

Hyderabad: In a recent medical case at the Asian Institute of Nephrology and Urology (AINU) in Secunderabad, a female architect faced severe kidney issues due to incomplete antibiotic courses. Dr. Raghavendra Kulkarni, Consultant Urologist at AINU, highlighted the consequences of incomplete antibiotic treatments, emphasizing the importance of responsible healthcare practices.

The patient, suffering from kidney stones, initially sought relief from another hospital, but subsequent attempts proved unsuccessful. A CT scan at AINU revealed several stones, with most having transformed into a stone-like structure called Matrix. A previous surgery had addressed some kidney stones, but unresolved issues persisted.

The patient’s reliance on incomplete antibiotic courses, based on her father’s advice and internet knowledge, resulted in antibiotic resistance and the formation of Matrix. Symptoms of obstructed kidney and Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) prompted intervention, including diverting blocked urine and surgical intervention (PCNL) to remove the stones.

Dr. Kulkarni emphasized the risks of matrix formation, particularly in women with untreated infections. The case underscores the importance of avoiding self-prescription, completing prescribed antibiotic courses, and seeking professional advice for recurring symptoms. The recommended treatment, Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL), proved effective in this instance, leading to a successful outcome for the patient. Responsible healthcare practices are crucial in preventing complications and ensuring proper treatment.

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