What is the pathogenesis of renal cortical abscess (renal carbuncle) in 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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Renal cortical abscess (renal carbuncle) is an uncommon condition that is usually caused by the hematogenous spread of S aureus. It occurs 3 times more commonly in men than in women. Microabscesses develop in the cortex and coalesce to form a circumscribed abscess that may or may not communicate with the collecting system. This process takes days to months.

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