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Can pyelonephritis cause body swelling?

Can pyelonephritis cause body swelling?

Yes: Any time that kidney function is reduced by infection or otherwise, swelling or edema is to be expected. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Pyelonephritis treated with 4 rounds of ciprofloxacin. 2 weeks later I still have swelling around my kidney (on ultrasound) and mild pain. I have no other symptoms, urine, CRP and kidney function are okay. Is this normal recovery or is it an abscess?

Pyelonephritis treated with 4 rounds of ciprofloxacin. 2 weeks later I still have swelling around my kidney (on ultrasound) and mild pain. I have no other symptoms, urine, CRP and kidney function are okay. Is this normal recovery or is it an abscess?

Sounds OK: If there were an abscess, the ultrasound should have found it. Persistent swelling by ultrasound doesn't sound unusual or worrisome. And it's pretty much impossible to have an abscess with a normal CRP. Discuss with your doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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I'm having lower ab pain & swelling of testicles same thing happened 8yr ago & diagnosed as a kidney infection can it still be?

I'm having lower ab pain & swelling of testicles same thing happened 8yr ago & diagnosed as a kidney infection can it still be?

Kidney infection: It is unusual for a man to get a recurrent kidney infection but it can happen. With the testicle swelling I would be concerned about orchitis or even prostatitis, as kidney infections are usually associated with back/flank pain, fever, chills, nausea and vomiting. It would be worth while to get a urine culture and see your physician to do an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have been suffering leg and back pain since last 6 days. Even I cannot walk. Is it kidney infection or back bone problem? No swelling on any part.

I have been suffering leg and back pain since last 6 days. Even I cannot walk. Is it kidney infection or back bone problem? No swelling on any part.

Likely back problem: Symptoms that suggest a back problem would be the back pain shooting into the leg, or weakness or numbness in the leg or foot. Any heavy lifting or trauma that triggered symptoms. Symptoms that suggest a kidney infection would be pain or burning with urination. Bladder or kidney infections aren't common in men. ...Read more

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Back pain fevers cloudy and foul smelling urine painful urination swelling in vaginal entrance history of bladder/kidney infections. Ideas?

Back pain fevers cloudy and foul smelling urine painful urination swelling in vaginal entrance history of bladder/kidney infections. Ideas?

Another episode: Sounds like a repeat urinary infection. Testing to confirm and find which bug and medicineis needed would be best. To avoid these, discuss sexual activity-if pertinent- with your provider. ...Read more

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I have a kidney infection. Can a kidney infection cause lymph nodes in the neck to swell?

I have a kidney infection. Can a kidney infection cause lymph nodes in the neck to swell?

No: Urinary infection would not cause this. If you have enlarged lymph nodes in the head and neck region, however, please consult your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Had a kidney infection caused by e.coli. On IV aztreonam for 14 days. Feel better but all lymph nodes have started to swell on treatment day 10 of 14

Had a kidney infection caused by e.coli. On IV aztreonam for 14 days. Feel better but all lymph nodes have started to swell on treatment day 10 of 14

Follow up: Are you still on Aztreonam?

Lymph node swelling maybe just reactionary, you MUST follow up with your PCP or ID physician and tell them, so that they do a physical examination. Especially if you have finished this course days ago.

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What can cause focal pyelonephritis?

What can cause focal pyelonephritis?

Bacteria.: The most common cause of kidney infections, or pyelonephritis, is bacteria introduced from the lower urinary tract. The most common cause is escherichia coli (75-95%), then proteus, klebsiella, & staphylococcus. "focal" is a descriptive term, likely from radiology, describing the infection as localized to a specific part of the kidney. Regardless of the description, this is a serious infection. ...Read more

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Can cervicitis cause pyelonephritis? If yes then please explain

Can cervicitis cause pyelonephritis? If yes then please explain

Not likely: The organisms involved in cervicitis are usually different from those causing pyelonephritis. For more inforamtion on cervicits see this site.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/cervicitis/ds00518. ...Read more

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How does e coli cause pyelonephritis in people? Can normal, healthy people get it?

How does e coli cause pyelonephritis in people? Can normal, healthy people get it?

UTI: Uti's at time can spread proximally and cause infection of the kidney (pyelonephritis). Ecoli is one such bacteria. It can occur in healthy people. ...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 cause pyelonephritis?

What cause pyelonephritis?

Cause of pyelo?: 29 F wants to know cause of pyelonephritis. Aka infection of the kidneys causing scaring and kidney failure. Can also be related analgesic abuse if you lived in Australia and took a lot. Some have symptoms of infection others not. Congenital reflux from bladder or kidney stones contribute. At one time thought to be common cause of HTN. Rarely one side which may increase BP. Check UPTODATE for more ...Read more

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What is pyelonephritis caused by?

What is pyelonephritis caused by?

Kidney infection: Usually bacteria infecting kidney, possibly causing damage if not treated properly in timely fashion. Bacteria can affect kidney by refluxing up from bladder. Hematogenous (via blood) is other possibility. Results of inadequate treated pyelonephritis are scarring and loss of renal cortex. Chronic scarring can cause hypertension.If both kidneys severely involved renal failure. ...Read more

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Causes of bilateral pyelonephritis with no risk factors?

Causes of bilateral pyelonephritis with no risk factors?

Pyelonephritis: Can occur by ascending infection from bladder or through the bloodstream. Either can produce bilateral disease. Are you certain there are no predisposing factors? ...Read more

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What can cause bad kidney infection (pyelonephritis) for over 2 weeks!?

What can cause bad kidney infection (pyelonephritis) for over 2 weeks!?

Treatment failure: You may need a different antibiotic or to stay in the hospital to get antibiotics by infusion into a vein. ...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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Could pyelonephritis cause acute kidney failure?

Could pyelonephritis cause acute kidney failure?

Yes: If your kidneys are already not working correctly or the infection goes for a long time untreated or both you can have acute renal failure. If you are concerned or believe you have problems with your kidneys, please see your doctor asap and have this investigated. ...Read more

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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

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What causes frequent kidney infections?

What causes frequent kidney infections?

Varies.: For females, it ismore common compared to male, due to the proximity of the bladder opening (urethra)to the anal opening. So wiping backwards is one way to reduce the risk. An abnormality of the urinary tract in both sexes such as posterior urethral valve in men, or polycystic kidney disease in both sexes will be another reason for frequent infections. ...Read more

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What causes kidney infections in a child?

What causes kidney infections in a child?

Pyelonephritis: An infection of the kidney (pyelonephritis) results in severe back pain, high fever and nausea/vomiting. Unlike an infection only involving the bladder, the ascension of bacteria into the kidney is a dangerous event. In children it should raise the possibility of an abnormality of the urinary system. Congenital obstruction or urinary reflux are the most common causes. Surgery may be necessary. ...Read more

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What causes kidney infection and symptom's?

What causes kidney infection and symptom's?

Germs get to kidney: Kidney infections are almost always result of lower urinary tract infection. Bacteria reach bladder, very easy in females & then they travel from bladder up ureters to kidney. Either 2ndary to bladder reflux or bacteria can crawl thru uretererl valve in bladder on their "hair" like a caterpillar. Occasional infections are blood born from an abscess or infected teeth. Swelling causes the pain. ...Read more

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What are the causes of kidney infection in a child?

What are the causes of kidney infection in a child?

Pediatric urologist: This should be evaluated by a pediatric urologist. Kidney infections in children suggest the possibility of there being some anatomic abnormality of the urinary tract. Reflux, incompetent valves, blood stream spread of disease, and so on should be ruled out., . ...Read more

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What are potential causes of untreatable kidney infection?

Infect. Kidney stone: Impossible to eliminate bacteria from an infected kidney stone. Stone has to be removed before kidney infection associated with a stone can be cleared. Kidney abscess needs be drained, or non-functioning infected kidneys with or without hydronephrosis need to be removed. Kidney infection with organism resistant to all antibiotics can be untreatable. Occasionally chronic smoldering pyelonephritis. ...Read more

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What are the causes of kidney infections?

What are the causes of kidney infections?

Bacteria: Kidney infections usually begin in the lower urinary tract. After bacteria infect there, they ascend to the kidney. Trauma, hygiene, and obstruction can all contribute to kidney infections. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of frequent kidney infections?

What could be the cause of frequent kidney infections?

Varies.: For females, it ismore common compared to male, due to the proximity of the bladder opening (urethra)to the anal opening. So wiping backwards is one way to reduce the risk. An abnormality of the urinary tract in both sexes such as posterior urethral valve in men, or polycystic kidney disease in both sexes will be another reason for frequent infections. ...Read more

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Can a dairy intolerance be a cause of recurring kidney infections?

Can a dairy intolerance be a cause of recurring kidney infections?

Doubtful: Lactose intolerance is usually not associated with kidney or bladder infections. You need to see a urologist for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of kidney infections and how do you clear it?

What is the most common cause of kidney infections and how do you clear it?

Bacteria: Usually e. Coli is most common followed by a bunch of other bugs that live near the rectum/anus. Prevent with drinking water and urinating regularly. Treat with appropriate type and duration of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can kidney infection cause miscarrage?

Can kidney infection cause miscarrage?

Yes it can: Any infection in your body increases risk of miscarriage/preterm labor. Even with asymptomatic (no symptom) bacteruria (bacteria in urine) should be treated during pregnancy to reduce risk, kidney is a much more serious infection and should be promptly and aggressively treated asap. Please consult doc--do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a kidney infection and can it be deadly?

What is the cause of a kidney infection and can it be deadly?

Usually bacterial: Bacteria enter through the urethra and end up growing in the bladder and then the kidney. Yes, certain infections can lead to sepsis and death if not treated. ...Read more

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Could drinking liquor cause kidney infections?

Could drinking liquor cause kidney infections?

Kidney infections: The cause of kidney infections is generally by two different routes. 1) an ascending infection that arises from the lower urinary tract (bladder, ureters) or 2) hematogenous spread, directly from bacteria that are within the bloodstream. I am not aware of any reason why drinking liquor could cause kidney infections. ...Read more

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Can a kidney infection cause angina?

No: No....Coronary artery blockages are cause for angina. In rare instances coronary spasm can also cause it. ...Read more

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Can a kidney infection cause spotting?

Can a kidney infection cause spotting?

May be: Urinary tract infection can cause some bleeding which may show up as spotting. ...Read more

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Does a kidney infection cause headaches?

Does a kidney infection cause headaches?

Infection: Almost may illness can cause headache. Most of these are mild and respond to rest, oral fluids. If you are having a severe headache and is progressive then seek care. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Continuous kidney infections. Caused by utis?

Continuous kidney infections. Caused by utis?

Get evaluated.: Kidney infections, are by definition, urinary tract infections. They usually start as infections of the bladder & ascend to the kidneys. If you are having repeated infections of the kidney, you need a workup to determine if there are underlying conditions such as stones, kidney failure, diabetes, or foreign bodies contributing to this. Repeated infections can lead to loss of kidney function. ...Read more

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What causes a kidney infection in a young child?

What causes a kidney infection in a young child?

Many causes!: Kidney infection typically occurs when bacteria enter urinary tract through the tube that carries urine from your body (urethra) and begin to multiply. However girls have a greater risk of kidney infection than do boys due to shorter urethra. A child with abnormal urinary tract, weakened immune system, and vesicoureteral reflux is more at a risk of kidney infection. ...Read more

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Can having kidney infections cause loss of weight?

Kidney infections: Any chronic illness can cause metabolic changes that might lead to weight loss. I would be more concerned about why you're having recurring infections of the "kidneys". Are you sure they were not blader inffections? Recurring infections involving the kidneys should always be evaluated by a urologist. ...Read more