What is the presentation of TB 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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Tuberculosis (TB) of the kidney results from hematogenous spread but is relatively rare in developing countries. Unlike most other extrapulmonary manifestations of the disease, TB of the kidney does not become manifest until 5-15 years after the primary infection. Constitutional symptoms are uncommon, and most patients present with symptoms of bladder irritation.


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