Which abdominal exam findings indicate 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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On abdominal examination, suprapubic tenderness usually ranges from mild to moderate without rebound. Abdominal tenderness other than in the suprapubic area suggests another diagnosis. Patients usually do not have rigidity or guarding, and bowel sounds are often normally active.

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