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Is there a difference between cystitis and pyelonephritis?

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Dr. James Krick
Urology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Krick
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Bladder/Kidney

Cystitis is infection or inflammation of the urinary bladder.
Pyelonephritis is infection of the kidneys.

In brief: Bladder/Kidney

Cystitis is infection or inflammation of the urinary bladder.
Pyelonephritis is infection of the kidneys.
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Dr. Patricio Gargollo
Pediatrics - Urology

In brief: Yes

Cystitis is a bladder infection.
Pyelonephritis is a kidney infection. Cystitis usually presents with frequency, urgency and burning during urination. Also can have low abdominal pain and low grade fever. Pyelonephritis is usually associated with high fevers, flank pain and sometimes nausea and vomiting.

In brief: Yes

Cystitis is a bladder infection.
Pyelonephritis is a kidney infection. Cystitis usually presents with frequency, urgency and burning during urination. Also can have low abdominal pain and low grade fever. Pyelonephritis is usually associated with high fevers, flank pain and sometimes nausea and vomiting.
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