When is IV hydration indicated for the management 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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If oral intake is not tolerated, intravenous hydration is warranted. Intravenous fluids should include 1 L of 5% dextrose in saline to reverse any existing ketosis, regardless of whether ketones are detected in the urine. Additional intravenous hydration is accomplished with normal saline. Exercise caution regarding conditions that might be adversely affected by improper amounts of fluid, saline, or glucose.


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