How is acute pyelonephritis (kidney infection) diagnosed?

Updated: Jul 01, 2021
  • Author: Tibor Fulop, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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In the outpatient setting, pyelonephritis is usually suggested by the history and physical examination and supported by urinalysis results, which should include microscopic analysis. Other laboratory studies are used to identify complicating conditions and to assist in determining whether the patient should be admitted.


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