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Doctor insights on: Can Acute Pyelonephritis Cause Hydronephrosis

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Is acute pyelonephritis caused by alcohol consumption?

Is acute pyelonephritis caused by alcohol consumption?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Hydronephrosis (Definition)

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What is the difference between acute pyelonephritis and cystitis?

What is the difference between acute pyelonephritis and cystitis?

Severity: Cystitis or UTI is an infection of the bladder. Pyelonephritis is a kidney infection and is potentially more dangerous especially in certain groups of people. These groups include the elderly, pregnant women and anyone who is immunosuppressed. In these groups it can lead to sepsis and even death without proper treatment. ...Read more

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What are the differences between acute pyelonephritis and a UTI?

What are the differences between acute pyelonephritis and a UTI?

AllUrinaryTract/Uppe: UTI is the term used for infection in any part of Urinary Tract from Urethra to urinary bladder to kidneys and covers the whole tract Pyaponephritis is also infection in the upper urinary tract,that is the Kidneys abd the Ureters and is usually more severe infection than the lower UTIs like Cystitis and urethritis.So Pelonephritis is also a UTI ...Read more

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Is acute pyelonephritis causd by a virus or a bacteria?

Bacteria: Pyelonephritis describes a classic kidney parenchyma (meat) bacterial infection. This is more complicated and severe than a simple UTI (or cystitis). A viral pyelonephritis would be exceedingly rare. Long term (21 days) of antibiotics for bacteria are the mainstay of treatment. ...Read more

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How does acute pyelonephritis attack and spread?

See below: Pyelonephritis is usually a bacterial infection in the kidney usually bacteria come from the bladder, and there are other causes the bacteria can spread to the blood stream and causes systemic blood infection. ...Read more

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Any recent developments in acute pyelonephritis?

Any recent developments in acute pyelonephritis?

Still Antibiotics: Pyelonephritis is still just an infection of the kidney and upper tracts of the urinary system. The cure is still antibiotics. Real pyelonephritis is usually associated with significant pain, fever, and nausea. It is hard to clear quickly but antibiotics is still the gold standard for cure. ...Read more

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What are the clinical manifestations for acute pyelonephritis?

Pain and fever: Severe flank or lower back or deep abdominal pain and tenderness. Usually accompanied by fever and symptoms of a UTI which are burning sensation with urination and frequent urination. Possible blood in urine. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute pyelonephritis and a UTI?

Uti: acute pyelonephritis is an infection involving the kidney. A "urinary tract infection" is any infection involving the urinary tract. in effect, pyelonephritis is a type of UTI. ...Read more

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Is acute pyelonephritis more treatable than chronic pyelonephritis?

Is acute pyelonephritis more treatable than chronic pyelonephritis?

Yes: Pyelonephritis means infection of the kidney. Acute means severe. If it is of recent origin it must be treated immediately and fully. Chronic pyelonephritis means that condition is not acute but has been smouldring for a while. it damages the kidneys and it cannot be reversed ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute pyelonephritis and acute glomerulonephritis?

What is the difference between acute pyelonephritis and acute glomerulonephritis?

Here are some...: Pyelonephritis denotes kidney infection usually extended from its hollow part called renal pelvis, but occasionally maybe a blood-borne infection to kidneys. Glomerulonephritis denotes inflammatory change specifically affecting microfilters (glomeruli) & their associated tubules, which usually result from streptococcal infection, autoimmune disorders, drugs, diseases like diabetes or hypertension. ...Read more

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Acute Pyelonephritis sucks! Im In so much pain! Any advice on how to flush the kidneys?

Acute Pyelonephritis sucks! Im In so much pain! Any advice on how to flush the kidneys?

Drink fluids: Other than drinking fluids, flushing the kidneys would not be as helpful as getting you on the right antibiotic if you have a kidney infection. If you are on the right antibiotic, the pain should go away rather quickly- a day or two. If it still hurts, a doctor needs to re-evaluate you. ...Read more

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What to do if I have acute pyelonephritis and still have fever after 48 hours of ER visit do I go back?

What to do if I have acute pyelonephritis and still have fever after 48 hours of ER visit do I go back?

Not necessarily: Pyelonephritis is an infection involving the kidneys. Typical presentation is a high, spiking fever that often is accompanied by flank pain. It is not uncommon to have continued fevers even on antibiotic therapy. It is very important to have antibiotic therapy tailored to urine culture data to optimize treatment. Back to ER if uncontrolled nausea, lower blood pressure, worse pain ...Read more

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If infection is detected in urine is it because kidney is infected? Can hydronephrosis cause kidney infection? Or is it due to procedure? Is it bad?

If infection is detected in urine is it because kidney is infected? Can hydronephrosis cause kidney infection? Or is it due to procedure? Is it bad?

UTI: Differentiating between lower and upper UTI is not simple, and this is not the place to provide a medical course. Hydronephrosis can predispose to UTI or can be a result of uti, but highly unlikely to be due to ureteroscopy. Whether it is bad or not will depend upon what is causing it. If it was detected during a an episode of acute pyelonephritis it may resolve with cure of the infection. ...Read more

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Can hydronephrosis and kidney infection caused by a kidney stone blockage of the ureter cause hypotension?

Can hydronephrosis and kidney infection caused by a kidney stone blockage of the ureter cause hypotension?

IF there is: Obstruction this is a high risk situation for development of infection. A serious infection could cause low blood pressure. The other possibility is low blood pressure related to pain medication for the stone. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have acute pyelonephritis with a negative CT scan, urinalysis pos for infection, flank pain, nausea/vomiting, fever?

I believe so: I am not a radiologist, but as a pathologist i can assure you that i've seen cases of pyelonephritis that i'd think are are too subtle anatomically to show on x-rays. White cell casts in the urine establish the diagnosis, and if there's white cells in the urine and flank pain and fever, the presumptive diagnosis is kidney infection, imaging or no. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chronic pyelonephritis and hydronephrosis?

Infected/obstructed: Pyelonephritis refers to a kidney infection, whereas hydronephrosis refers to obstruction of the kidney leading to dilation and swelling. You should see your doctor and possibly a urologist for both of these issues to get them evaluated to see if an anatomic abnormality or stone is contributing to infection or to see cause/severity of obstruction and if corrective surgery required. ...Read more

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I'm 18 weeks pregnant and have had kidney stones, hydronephrosis (sp) and pyelonephritis (sp). I am currently on a suppression antibiotic. Now I have fever, chills, nausea, and back pain which started yesterday. What should I do?

I'm 18 weeks pregnant and have had kidney stones, hydronephrosis (sp) and pyelonephritis (sp). I am currently on a suppression antibiotic. Now I have fever, chills, nausea, and back pain which started yesterday. What should I do?

See urologist ASAP: Need new pregnancy safe antibiotics possibly by IV route. Also hydronephrosis needs to decompressed by jj stent or percutaneous nephrostomy. Antibiotic suppressive therapy needs to be changed as bacteria responsible for uti/pyelonephritis is likely is likely resistant to antibiotic u r taking. Please do not wait until tomorrow. Good luck & please let us know you get on. ...Read more

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