Patient :My father is late 80s advanced stages of Parkinsons. He constantly gets UTIs (almost monthly) despite clean safeguards put around his care. Till now we have cultured and treated each of these UTIs with antibiotics. We are now considering discontinuing this practice because of CDiff risk, but would like to understand if UTIs can ever go away on their own, and if left untreated there is a high risk of sepsis.
Thanks for your query.
Read and understood the history about your father of age 80 having Parkinson's, getting recurrent UTI in spite of clear safeguards. You have cultured and treated each UTI with antibiotic.
UTI may not go away permanently unless the original cause that has caused this problem gets solved.
The commonest cause can be the obstructing lesion like an enlarged prostate, taking less liquid intake as goes on normally with most of the elderly people with Parkinson's.
I would advise you the following:
Take an opinion of a Urologist for clinical evaluation and examination of the prostate and the per rectal examination, PSA, ultrasonography of the abdomen particularly for the uro-genial system.
There is definitely a very high risk of sepsis if you keep UTI and the original cause.
I hope this answers your query and may give you and your Doctor an idea how to go about the whole problem
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