How is TB managed 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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Initially, pyuria is observed, and with progression of the disease, proteinuria and blood may be observed as well. Repeated urine samples should be sent for mycobacterial culture. A loss of calyceal architecture and ureteric obstruction may be observed on imaging studies.

Concurrent pulmonary disease is present in 5% of patients, and the tuberculin test rarely is helpful. Antituberculous medicines should be administered for 6 months. If the ureter is obstructed, corticosteroids have been advocated; if obstruction persists, surgical intervention is necessary.


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