This condition occurs when there is a bacterial infection in one or both kidneys. The kidneys remove waste (in the form of urine) from the body. They also balance the water and electrolyte content in the blood by filtering salt and water.
Urgent urination that produces only a small amount of urine
Sensation of a full bladder even after urination
Burning pain with urination
Fever and chills
Nausea and vomiting
Pus and blood in the urine
Loss of appetite
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. A kidney infection is diagnosed with
. The urine is examined for:
White blood cells
Other abnormal elements
If the infection does not go away after treatment or if you have had several kidney infections, you may need to have other tests to see if there are problems with the kidney, ureters, and bladder. These tests include:
Pyelonephritis (kidney infection) in adults.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at:
. Published June 2007. Accessed July 22, 2008.
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