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  • Not urinating much

  • A lot of night sweats

  • Fever then no fever then fever again

  • Passing slightly less urine than usual

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  • Excessive sweating during sleep

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What is acute pyelonephritis?

An infection of the kidney typically caused by bacteria.

Symptoms of acute pyelonephritis

  • Stomach pain or tummy ache in a specific place

  • Fever

  • Decrease in urine volume

  • Sweating at night requiring change in clothing

  • Low back pain

  • Needing to pass urine again, despite just passing less than 2 hours ago

  • Pain when passing urine

  • Turbid urine

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acute pyelonephritis

  • Is your stomach pain localized to one specific area?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Are you urinating less?

  • Do you excessively sweat at night and need to change clothes?

  • Do you have lower back pain?

Treatment for acute pyelonephritis

Treatment involves antibiotics, which can be taken orally. In more severe cases, hospitalization and intravenous "drip" antibiotics may be necessary. In some instances, a procedure or surgery might be required to drain pus from the kidneys.

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References

  • Morello W, La Scola C, Alberici I, Montini G. Acute pyelonephritis in children. Pediatr Nephrol. 2016 Aug;31(8):1253-65. doi: 10.1007/s00467-015-3168-5. Epub 2015 Aug 4. PMID: 26238274.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00467-015-3168-5

  • Ramakrishnan K, Scheid DC. Diagnosis and management of acute pyelonephritis in adults. Am Fam Physician. 2005 Mar 1;71(5):933-42. Erratum in: Am Fam Physician. 2005 Dec 1;72(11):2182. PMID: 15768623.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2005/0301/p933.html

  • Hudson C, Mortimore G. The diagnosis and management of a patient with acute pyelonephritis. Br J Nurs. 2020 Feb 13;29(3):144-150. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2020.29.3.144. PMID: 32053436.

    https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/abs/10.12968/bjon.2020.29.3.144

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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Nao Saito, MD

Nao Saito, MD (Urology)

After graduating from Tokyo Women's Medical University School of Medicine, Dr. Saito worked at Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital, Toda Chuo General Hospital, Tokyo Women's Medical University Yachiyo Medical Center, and Ako Chuo Hospital before becoming Deputy Director (current position) at Takasaki Tower Clinic Department of Ophthalmology and Urology in April 2020.

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