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is acute pyelonephritis caused by alcohol consumption?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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No: acute pyelonephritis is a bacterial infection of the urinary tract. Alcohol may make people more susceptible to many infections by suppressing many parts of the immune system, and sexual activity related to excessive alcohol use is sometimes responsible for urinary tract infections, especially in women, which can ultimately result in pyelonephritis in some cases.
Answered on Apr 10, 2015

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