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What are the differences between cystitis and pyelonephritis?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Location, location: A cystitis is an infection in the bladder area. A pyelonephritisis an infection in the kidneys. Both medical problems will present with burning on urination and bloody urine. However with a pyelonephritis you have more pain in the back area.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Bladder & Kidney: Cystitis is infection or inflammation of bladder, & pyelonephritis a kidney infection.Both start in lining of each organ and p invariably started as a bladder infection.Bacteria reach kidney from by bladder reflux or by caterpillar-like bacteria which crawl up to kidney.Urinary freqency, burning and blood in urine in both.Flank pain with p& needs antibiotics with good tissue penetration, c less so.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between cystitis and pyelonephritis?

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Dr. Patricio Gargollo
Pediatric Urology 21 years experience
Yes: Cystitis is a bladder infection. Pyelonephritis is a kidney infection. Cystitis usually presents with frequency, urgency and burning during urination. Also can have low abdominal pain and low grade fever. Pyelonephritis is usually associated with high fevers, flank pain and sometimes nausea and vomiting.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between cystitis and pyelonephritis?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Location, location: A cystitis is an infection in the bladder area. A pyelonephritisis an infection in the kidneys. Both medical problems will present with burning on urination and bloody urine. However with a pyelonephritis you have more pain in the back area.

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