Which physical findings are characteristic of pyelonephritis during pregnancy?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Raisa O Platte, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Patients with pyelonephritis have fever (usually >38°C), flank tenderness upon palpation, and an ill appearance. Flank tenderness occurs on the right side in more than half of patients, bilaterally in one fourth, and on the left side in one fourth. Pain may also be found suprapubically with palpation.


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