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How to tell the difference between a lower or upper urinary tract infection?

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Dr. Daniel Kessler
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In brief: History and exam

Asking the right questions along with a focused physical exam can provide helpful clues.
Sometimes symptoms such as flank pain and fever can distinguish conditions such as pyelonephritis versus urinary tract infections/or bladder infection. Your physician may also obtain simple lab test. Lastly, sometimes imaging is needed to look for other causes such as kidney stones.

In brief: History and exam

Asking the right questions along with a focused physical exam can provide helpful clues.
Sometimes symptoms such as flank pain and fever can distinguish conditions such as pyelonephritis versus urinary tract infections/or bladder infection. Your physician may also obtain simple lab test. Lastly, sometimes imaging is needed to look for other causes such as kidney stones.
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