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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Cystitis And Pyelonephritis

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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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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


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What are the differences between cystitis and pyelonephritis?

What are the differences between cystitis and pyelonephritis?

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. ...Read more

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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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Why is it that cystitis is more common than pyelonephritis?

Shorter trip for bug: Many instances of cystitis, especially in women are due to bacteria ascending from the outside through the urethra. Such infections have only a short distance to travel in women. Kidney infections, pyelonephiritis, are often blood borne. ...Read more

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How can interstitial cystitis be managed? Can it be the cause for reoccurring pyelonephritis? Any drugs for interstitial cystitis that can help?

How can interstitial cystitis be managed? Can it be the cause for reoccurring pyelonephritis? Any drugs for interstitial cystitis that can help?

Elm iron: Ic is a chronic inflammation in the "wall" (interstitium) of the bladder resulting in pain, frequency and blood in the urine. Reportedly more common in women, it is probably well under diagnosed in men. Best managed with dietary/lifestyle (hydration), there is only 1 medication approved by the fda - elmiron, (pentosan) to "fill the cracks" in the bladder lining. Intravesical (in the bladder) txs available. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cystitis and nephritis?

Much different: Cystitis refers to an infection in the bladder. Nephritis is an inflammation and disruption of the microvascular anatomy in the kidney, expecially of the glomerulus or filtering units. The former is an irritation, the latter is a kidney function disorder that requires a nephrologist specialist opinion. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the difference between urethritis and cystitis?

Can any doc tell me what's the difference between urethritis and cystitis?

Cystitis/urethritis: The difference is in the location. Cystitis is an inflammatory/infectious process of the bladder, and urethritis is an inflammatory/infectous process of the urethra. ...Read more