When is a urine culture indicated in the evaluation of 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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Urine culture is indicated in any patient with pyelonephritis, whether treated in an inpatient or an outpatient setting, because of the possibility of antibiotic resistance. Reliable results require proper specimen collection.


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