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What are the differences between cystitis and pyelonephritis?
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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
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In brief: Bladder & Kidney
Cystitis is infection or inflammation of bladder, & pyelonephritis a kidney infection.
Both start in lining of each organ and p invariably started as a bladder infection.Bacteria reach kidney from by bladder reflux or by caterpillar-like bacteria which crawl up to kidney.Urinary freqency, burning and blood in urine in both.Flank pain with p& needs antibiotics with good tissue penetration, c less so.

In brief: Bladder & Kidney
Cystitis is infection or inflammation of bladder, & pyelonephritis a kidney infection.
Both start in lining of each organ and p invariably started as a bladder infection.Bacteria reach kidney from by bladder reflux or by caterpillar-like bacteria which crawl up to kidney.Urinary freqency, burning and blood in urine in both.Flank pain with p& needs antibiotics with good tissue penetration, c less so.
Dr. George Klauber
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