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Do nitrites indicate kidney infection or bladder infection?

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Dr. Terry Woodard
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: Could be either

Infection in the urinary tract often begins with a bladder infection; this may extend further "upstream" to involve the kidneys (but the kidneys could also be a primary source of infection).
Either way, nitrates on the dipstick urinalysis usually is how's up as a "byproduct" of bacteria commonly infecting the urinary tract. A kidney infection is usually more symptomatic and more serious.

In brief: Could be either

Infection in the urinary tract often begins with a bladder infection; this may extend further "upstream" to involve the kidneys (but the kidneys could also be a primary source of infection).
Either way, nitrates on the dipstick urinalysis usually is how's up as a "byproduct" of bacteria commonly infecting the urinary tract. A kidney infection is usually more symptomatic and more serious.
Dr. Terry Woodard
Dr. Terry Woodard
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