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Kidney Infections

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An inflammation that begins in your urethra or bladder and spreads to one or both of your kidneys is known as a kidney infection. Kidney infection (pyelonephritis is the clinical term) is a specific type of urinary tract infection (UTI) that may be acute or chronic.

If you believe you are experiencing a kidney infection, turn to the experienced urologists at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. Established in 1904, Jefferson is the longest established urology practice in Pennsylvania, with internationally recognized experts in all major fields of urology. Our urologists have sophisticated capabilities for testing kidney function. Through a variety of procedures, we can diagnose your condition and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

In most cases, this condition is caused by bacterial infection. If not treated properly, a kidney infection can permanently damage your kidneys or spread to your bloodstream.