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Is it possible to have a kidney infection, w/out a bladder infection? i have all uti symptoms, left lower back pain and 2 cultures come back negative.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Need to look for an: Other reason for pain: urine cultures would be positive with kidney infection, with or without the bladder being involved. If two cultures were negative when you were not on antibiotics, then please discuss with your doctor to consider other causes of pain.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
One idea: If you have a fever and marked tenderness over the kidney, there's an off-chance that you have a staphylococcal kidney abscess. A second idea is a stone. Your physician knows how to follow up on these and other possibilities.
Dr. Johanna Figueroa
Urology 24 years experience
Can also be musculoskeletal. Request a ct scan
Sep 18, 2012

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