When is a blood 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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Blood cultures are indicated in any patient who is being admitted or who has already been admitted. Approximately 12-20% of patients have cultures that are positive for infection. Bacteremia has not been associated with a poor outcome unless sepsis or another significant comorbidity is present.


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