Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis)
Table of Contents
- Kidney infection facts
- What is the function of the kidneys?
- Where are the kidneys located?
- What is a kidney infection, and are kidney and urinary tract infection the same?
- What are the causes of kidney infection?
- What are risk factors for kidney and urinary tract infection (UTI)?
- Is screening recommended for UTI or kidney infection?
- What are the signs and symptoms of kidney infection?
- How is kidney infection diagnosed?
- What are different types of kidney infection?
- What are the common bacteria that cause kidney infections?
- What is the treatment for kidney infection?
- Are there foods I should avoid if I have a kidney infection?
- Can kidney infection be prevented?
What are the signs and symptoms of kidney infection?
Some of the common symptoms of kidney infection include:
- abdominal pain,
- shaking -- chills,
- painful urination (dysuria),
- frequent urination (urinary frequency),
- urge to urinate (urinary urgency),
- flank and low and mid back pain (dull kidney pain), and
- generalized malaise.
Signs of kidney infection on exam may include:
- tenderness on the flanks (costo-vertebral angle tenderness, referring to tenderness upon tapping gently on the mid back on the sides), and
- clinical evidence of infection in the urinalysis (laboratory analysis of urine).