Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis)

Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis)

What are the signs and symptoms of kidney infection?

Some of the common symptoms of kidney infection include:

Signs of kidney infection on exam may include:

  • fever,
  • 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).

In elderly patients and those with weak immune systems, kidney infection may be more severe with confusion, lethargy, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, and dehydration. Continue Reading

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