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What is the difference between chronic pyelonephritis and hydronephrosis?

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

Dr. Adrian Baudy IV
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Kidney Infection (Definition)

It is usually an infection that finds its way from the bladder all the way up to the kidneys. This symptoms could include blood in the urine pain in the back or in the flank region or generalized discomfort. Some patients may ...Read more


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Are there different symptoms for acute and chronic pyelonephritis?

Are there different symptoms for acute and chronic pyelonephritis?

Here are some...: Pyelonephritis denotes inflammatory change from bacterial infection (usually extended from infection in bladder) in renal pelvis, calyces, & papillae extending to renal parenchyma. Clinically, in acute stage, patient is sick with fever & backache; in chronic, may be freeof Sx. But there is distinct difference in the image of kidneys between acute & chronic state. More? Ask doc as space is limited. ...Read more

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Causes of chronic pyelonephritis and treatment?

Causes of chronic pyelonephritis and treatment?

See remark: Very broad question ? Pyelonephritis is basically infection of the kidney ,due to many causes such as presence of stone,infection in the blood stream,infection of bladder due to abnormality of the ureters allowing germs to travel from bladder to the kidneys (this is most common) It is a SERIOUS matter. You should see a specialist,since long standing infection leads to serious complication . ...Read more

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What is chronic pyelonephritis and what is focal area scarring in the lower pole of the left kidney?

What is chronic pyelonephritis and what is focal area scarring in the lower pole of the left kidney?

Chronic Pyelo: Chronic pyelonephritis is the result of any process in the kidney that causes prolonged inflammation and fibrosis (scarring). Common causes include: persistent or recurrent renal infections, vesicoureteral reflux (urine going backwards into the kidney), or urinary tract obstruction. A board certified urologist or nephrologist are the best doctors to review these types of findings. ...Read more

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I have chronic pyelonephritis and four kidney stones in my kidney. It has shrunk immensely in size and is now in early renal failure. Should i remove?

I have chronic pyelonephritis and four kidney stones in my kidney. It has shrunk immensely in size and is now in early renal failure. Should i remove?

YES,YES,YES: Urgent urologic consultation is warranted in patients with urosepsis, acute renal failure, anuria, and/or unyielding pain, nausea, or vomiting . Outpatient urology referral is indicated in patients with a stone >10 mm in diameter and in patients who fail to pass the stone after a trial of conservative management, including medical expulsive therapy, particularly if the stone is >4 mm in diameter ...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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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?

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 there a difference between cystitis and pyelonephritis?

Is there a difference between cystitis and pyelonephritis?

Kidney infection: Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) generally causes fever, chills and very significant flank pain. One generally feels "sick". Bladder infection (cystitis) rarely causes systemic symptoms. Discomfort in the pelvic area and irritative voiding symptoms are typical. ...Read more

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What is the difference between period pain and kidney infection?

What is the difference between period pain and kidney infection?

Pyelonephritis: Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) is more likely to be experienced in your back near the spine and where the bottom rib is found, also may have fever. If you have a reason to worry about this, go see a doctor now: you can't diagnose this online. ...Read more