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Overview of Urinary Tract Symptoms

By

Geetha Maddukuri

, MD, Saint Louis University

Last full review/revision May 2021| Content last modified May 2021
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Some urinary tract disorders rarely cause symptoms until the problem is very advanced. These include

Sometimes, symptoms occur but are very general or vague and are not always obviously related to the kidneys. For example, a general feeling of illness (malaise), loss of appetite, or nausea may be the only symptoms of advanced kidney failure. In older people, mental confusion may be the first recognized symptom of infection or kidney failure.

Symptoms that are more suggestive of a kidney or urinary problem include

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