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what are the differences between a urinary tract infection and a kidney infection? what symptoms are different?

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Dr. James Krick
Urology 36 years experience
UTI: "uti" includes all types of infections in the urinary tract. Cystitis is specifically a term describing inflammation of the bladder. Most often cystitis, although quit irritating, does not cause systemic symptoms such as fever, body aches etc. Pyelonephritis (also a uti) on the other hand is an infection of the kidney causing significant systemic symptoms.

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