What is acute pyelonephritis (kidney infection)?

Updated: Jul 01, 2021
  • Author: Tibor Fulop, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Acute pyelonephritis is a potentially organ- and/or life-threatening infection that characteristically causes scarring of the kidney. [4] An episode of acute pyelonephritis may lead to significant renal damage; acute kidney injury; abscess formation (eg, nephric, perinephric); sepsis; or sepsis syndrome, septic shock, and multiorgan system failure.


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