What are the deterrence and prevention strategies for 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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Prevention of pyelonephritis involves identifying clinical situations that could lead to pyelonephritis and developing a strategy to decrease that likelihood. These strategies may include a change in contraceptive behavior, administration of prophylactic antibiotics, or early identification and treatment of cystitis.

If these strategies do not eliminate infection, recurrence of infection, or relapse (reinfection less than 14 days after completing an appropriate regimen), the patient needs to undergo systematic evaluation for predispositional anatomic, functional, or structural abnormalities.

For more information, see the Medscape topic Prevention of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).


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