How should patients presenting with complicated pyelonephritis (kidney infection) be managed?

Updated: Jul 01, 2021
  • Author: Tibor Fulop, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Patients presenting with complicated pyelonephritis should be managed as inpatients and treated empirically with broad-spectrum parenteral antibiotics. Depending on patient presentation, antibiotic therapy can be completed with oral therapy. Antibiotics are administered for at least 10-14 days. On the basis of patient presentation, longer duration of therapy may be needed.


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