Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis)

Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis)

Kidney Infection Symptoms

Some of the general symptoms of urinary infection can accompany kidney infection like

  • pain on urination (dysuria),
  • needing to urinate frequently (urinary frequency), and
  • feeling a strong urge to urinate (urinary urgency).

Other symptoms that may accompany kidney infection are

  • shaking,
  • chills,
  • abdominal pain,
  • nausea and vomiting.

What is the function of the kidneys?

The kidneys have a variety of important functions in the body. These functions include filtering and excreting the waste products from the blood as it circulates through capillaries within the kidneys, regulating blood pressure, maintaining steady levels of electrolytes (for example, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and chloride), and contributing to the production of red blood cells.

Where are the kidneys located?

The kidneys are located on either side of the body underneath the diaphragm near the lower back. Each kidney is connected to the bladder in the pelvis by ureters (long tube-like structures) that drain the urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Urine stored in the bladder is excreted from the body through the urethra. Collectively, these structures make up what is called the urinary tract. Continue Reading

Reviewed on 7/27/2015
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