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How does pyelonephritis spread?

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
2 doctors agree

In brief: May not spread

Pyelonephritis is not known to spread from person to person usually.

In brief: May not spread

Pyelonephritis is not known to spread from person to person usually.
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology

In brief: Through the blood

Pyelonephritis is an infection of the kidney/urine collecting system. The kidney filters the blood of impurities and passes them out in the urine.
However, the filtration mechanism is delicate and an infection in the urine can readily cross the filter into the blood stream. Once in the blood stream, the infection can get everywhere quickly. Much more difficult to clear those infections.

In brief: Through the blood

Pyelonephritis is an infection of the kidney/urine collecting system. The kidney filters the blood of impurities and passes them out in the urine.
However, the filtration mechanism is delicate and an infection in the urine can readily cross the filter into the blood stream. Once in the blood stream, the infection can get everywhere quickly. Much more difficult to clear those infections.
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
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