What are the mortality and morbidity rates in patients with 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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Mortality is higher in patients older than 65 years; it is also higher with septic shock, bedridden status, and immunosuppression. In men, mortality is also increased with use of antibiotics during the previous month. Morbidity (prolonged hospital stay) in both men and women is increased with a change in initial treatment, diabetes mellitus, and long-term indwelling catheter.


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