Urosepsis occurs when bacteria from a urine infection gets in to the blood steam. Urinary tract infections (UTI) are very common, around 50-60% of all women will have a UTI in their life time, however this does not mean that it will definitely develop into urosepsis. It is very important that you get treatment for urosepsis as it can cause serious lifelong issues or even cause death.
Urosepsis will usually only develop if you are suffering from a urinary tract infection in the first place. These are the common UTI symptoms:
- Sudden and frequent urination
- Burning sensation when you urinate
- Feeling like your bladder is not emptying
- Pain that can be felt in the back and abdomen
- Cloudy urine that possible has blood in it
If the UTI develops in to urosepsis then the symptoms will be slightly different. If you have any of the below symptoms it is important that you go to hospital right away:
- Fever/ high or low body temperature
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Extreme tiredness
- Pain in your lower back, where your kidneys are located
- Rapid heart rate/ abnormal heart function
- Difficulty in breathing/ fast breathing
- Inability to think clearly
If left untreated, urosepsis can develop in to septic shock, causing your blood pressure to drop very low and start shutting down your organs. It is important that you seek medical attention before it gets to this stage.
As talked about before, the cause of urosepsis is usually linked to a UTI that has not been treated. Here is a list of people that are at a higher risk of developing urosepsis:
- Older adults
- People with a weak immune system
- People with an injury or wound to the area
- People that have had invasive devices such as a catheter
To diagnose urosepsis, your doctor will test a urine sample to see if there is bacteria present. If this comes back positive, they will likely send you for other tests such as a blood test and/or CT scan.
After diagnosis your doctor will decide the best treatment option for you.
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.