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Chronic pyelonephritis: Meaning, symptoms, causes, and treatments


Sudden and severe onset of kidney infection resulting in inflammation and cortical renal scarring and clubbing of calyces and the pelvis

People with chronic pyelonephritis may experience only mild symptoms or may even lack noticeable symptoms altogether. [1]

- Medical diagnosis by a general physician is required for confirmation.
- It affects both men and women.
- Lab tests, RFT, VCUG, MRI, renal biopsy, and CT scan might be ordered.
- It can be physically painful.

When pyelonephritis is persistent and its attacks keep repeating, it is considered to be chronic pyelonephritis. It is generally caused due to bacteria that enter the body through the urethra and begin to infect the bladder, evolving into a urinary tract infection. It is not a single diagnosis but indicates overall and severe long-term damage of the kidneys

Ages affected- There is no particular age group that is more susceptible to this condition than others.


Symptoms include pus or blood in urine, abdominal pain, frequent urination, and high fever, which are all good reasons for getting evaluated by a doctor.

People may experience

Weakness- Fatigue and mental confusion
Uneasiness- Vomiting, high fever (more than 102°F), nausea, dizziness, or anorexia
Pain- Abdominal, back and groin pain, and painful urination


Medications: Prescription antibiotics, with repeated urine tests, are the first course of treatment.

Specialists: Other treatments like nephrectomy can be opted for after consultation with a specialist- Nephrologist or Urologist. At mfine, complete diagnosis is made before offering treatment options to the patients. Consult today!

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