Which ultrasonography (US) findings indicate complications of acute pyelonephritis?

Updated: Jul 01, 2021
  • Author: Tibor Fulop, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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On US, a kidney abscess may appear as a fluid-filled mass with a thick wall. Acute focal bacterial nephritis appears as a poorly defined mass with low-amplitude echoes and disruption of the corticomedullary junction. In xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis, imaging reveals stones in approximately 70% of patients.


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