What are the possible morbidities of 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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Kofteridis et al found that acute pyelonephritis is linked to bacteremia, longer hospital stays, and higher mortality in patients with diabetes mellitus. [9] In a retrospective study of 206 elderly patients, 88 of whom had diabetes, bacteremia occurred in 30.7% of patients with diabetes but in only 11% of the control patients. Moreover, compared with the control patients, patients with diabetes had longer-lasting fevers (median, 4.5 vs 2.5 days), longer hospital stays (median, 10 vs 7 days), and higher mortality (12.5% vs 2.5%).


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