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What is the difference between acute pyelonephritis and acute glomerulonephritis?

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Dr. James Lin
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Pyelonephritis denotes kidney infection usually extended from its hollow part called renal pelvis, but occasionally maybe a blood-borne infection to kidneys.
Glomerulonephritis denotes inflammatory change specifically affecting microfilters (glomeruli) & their associated tubules, which usually result from streptococcal infection, autoimmune disorders, drugs, diseases like diabetes or hypertension.

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Pyelonephritis denotes kidney infection usually extended from its hollow part called renal pelvis, but occasionally maybe a blood-borne infection to kidneys.
Glomerulonephritis denotes inflammatory change specifically affecting microfilters (glomeruli) & their associated tubules, which usually result from streptococcal infection, autoimmune disorders, drugs, diseases like diabetes or hypertension.
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