Kidney Infection (cont.)
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Synonyms and Keywords
chronic kidney infection, kidney infection in children, kidney infection during pregnancy, recurring kidney infection, pyelonephritis, renal infection, complications of kidney infection, kidney bacterial infection, obstructed ureters, acute kidney infection, lower back with kidney infection
Author and Editor
Author: Saimak T. Nabili, MD, MPH
Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Last Editorial Review: 2/11/2009
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Acute pyelonephritis is a potentially organ- and/or life-threatening infection that characteristically causes some scarring of the kidney with each infection and may lead to significant damage to the kidney (any given episode), kidney failure, abscess formation (eg, nephric, perinephric), sepsis, or sepsis syndrome/shock/multiorgan system failure.