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Kidney Infection (cont.)

Kidney Infection Symptoms

Some of the more common symptoms of kidney infection are:

  • fever,

  • chills,

  • nausea,

  • vomiting ,

  • generalized weakness,

  • fatigue,

  • a burning sensation with urination (dysuria),

  • dull pain on the side or lower back pain (dull kidney pain), and

  • dehydration.

In addition to a comprehensive history and physical examination, the signs that a doctor may look for in evaluating for urinary tract infection may include:

  • tenderness on the flanks immediately below the lowest rib (costo-vertebral angle tenderness),

  • fever,

  • physical evidence of dehydration, and

  • a rapid heart rate.

In women, a pelvic exam may be necessary in order to rule out other similar conditions, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

In chronic (long standing) kidney infections, the symptoms may be milder, but more long lasting.

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Pyelonephritis, Acute »

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.

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