Pyelitis

Pyelitis (pyelonephritis) is caused by bacteria spreading from the bladder to the renal pelvis, thus leading to inflammation.

Overview

Pyelitis (pyelonephritis) is caused by bacteria spreading from the bladder to the renal pelvis, thus leading to inflammation. It causes high fever, accompanied by a feeling of being unwell and flank pain in the area of the kidneys. It must always be treated with antibiotics.

Symptoms

Main symptoms

  • Sudden onset of symptoms
  • High fever and chills
  • General feeling of being unwell, headache and painful limbs
  • Dull but severe pain in the side (flank)

Secondary symptoms

  • Frequent urge to urinate, pain when urinating
  • Cloudy urine, urine often smells bad, sometimes blood in urine
  • Nausea, possibly vomiting
  • Bloating

Complications

Causes and treatment

Causes

Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital

Possible tests
  • Urine test (inflammatory markers and search for bacteria)
  • Blood test (inflammatory markers)
  • Ultrasound of the kidneys (sonography)
  • CT scan (computed tomography)
Possible therapies
  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers

What can I do myself?

  • Drinking plenty of fluids supports the healing process

When to see a doctor?

  • Side (flank) pain with fever

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