What is the prognosis of uncomplicated 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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In healthy, nonpregnant women with uncomplicated disease, the prognosis is excellent for full recovery and minimal damage to the kidney. In healthy men without any known complicating conditions, the prognosis is good for full recovery; however, urologic evaluation is recommended to rule out an underlying complicating condition. In infants and children, the prognosis is good. Importantly, children should undergo a urologic evaluation after the first episode to rule out structural abnormalities.


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