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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is acute pyelonephritis?

An infection of the kidney usually caused by bacteria.

Symptoms related to acute pyelonephritis

  • Fever

  • History of urinary tract infection

  • Stomach pain or tummy ache in a specific place

  • Fever followed by abdominal / tummy pain

  • Low back pain

  • Abdominal pain

  • Feeling cold or shivering

  • Back pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acute pyelonephritis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose acute pyelonephritis

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Have you ever had a urinary tract infection?

  • Do you have abdominal (stomach) pain in any particular location?

  • Did you have fever before the stomach ache?

  • Do you have pain in the lumbar back?

Treatment for acute pyelonephritis

Treatment is with antibiotics. This can be given orally, however in more severe cases, hospitalization and intravenous "drip" antibiotics may be needed. In some cases, a procedure or surgery may be needed to drain pus from the kidneys.

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