What are the benefits of early imaging 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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Imaging early in the presentation of acute pyelonephritis may be more useful than previously thought. In one study, 16% of patients admitted for acute pyelonephritis were found to have new and clinically significant abnormalities on renal imaging at the time of admission. Later in the hospital course, imaging studies are used for the prompt evaluation of a potentially organ- or life-threatening complication.


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