When is surgical treatment of abscesses indicated in patients with 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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If patients do not respond within 48 hours, percutaneous (or open) drainage should be performed. Other surgical options are enucleation of the carbuncle or nephrectomy.


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