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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is chronic pyelonephritis?

A type of urinary tract infection, characterized by repeated and chronic bacterial infection of the kidneys.

Symptoms of chronic pyelonephritis

  • History of urinary tract infection

  • Fever

  • Bloody or red urine

  • Pain when passing urine

Questions your doctor may ask to check for chronic pyelonephritis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose chronic pyelonephritis

  • Have you ever had a urinary tract infection?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Have you ever had red or brown urine (hematuria)?

  • Do you feel pain when passing urine?

Treatment for chronic pyelonephritis

The treatment depends on the cause. A procedure or surgery may be needed if there is a blockage of the urine tract. Long-term antibiotics may be prescribed, not just for treating but preventing the disease from flaring up.

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