Keenan DB, O’Rourke DM, Courtney AE. Pyelonephritis can lead to life-threatening complications. Practitioner 2017;261(1801):17-20

Pyelonephritis can lead to life-threatening complications

22 Feb 2017Pais-up subscribers

As distinct from cystitis and lower urinary tract infection (UTI), which are much more common, pyelonephritis involves the upper tract with potentially more serious sequelae. It is most commonly caused by bacterial infections, typically ascending from the lower urinary tract; haematological seeding from bacteraemia is less common.

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