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Acute infection of the kidney can be life threatening if not diagnosed early and treated adequately. Diagnosing a case of acute pyelonephritis is not always straightforward and can especially be tricky in children and the elderly age group. The presentation may vary from mild to very severe symptoms. The conditions that acute pyelonephritis maybe confused for include appendicitis, cholecystitis, cervicitis, endometritis, pancreatitis, abdominal abscess, pelvic inflammatory disease etc. In healthy non pregnant women with no other complications the prognosis is usually good.
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