Kidney Abscess

By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor


What is kidney abscess?

Kidney abscess is defined as a collection of pus around the kidney. Pus is formed when an infection occurs near this area. Kidney abscess is an uncommon disease caused by trauma and infection associated with a kidney stone.

Kidney abscess is either microscopic abscess or macroscopic abscess.

  • Microscopic kidney abscess is embedded in kidney tissue. This type of kidney abscess is quite rare and can cause renal failure.
  • Macroscopic kidney abscess is a collection of purulent pus is observed within the kidney tissue. Kidney abscess follows acute pyelonephritis and pyelonephritis causes vasospasm and inflammation of the kidney, which may follow with the formation of an abscess around the kidney.

How common is kidney abscess?

The incidence ranges from 1-10 cases for every 10,000. Men and women are affected with equal frequency. Patients with diabetes account for one-third of all kidney abscess cases.

However, it can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.


What are the symptoms of kidney abscess?

Some most common signs and symptoms of kidney abscess are:

Non-specific symptoms of kidney abscess

  • Weight loss
  • Discomfort

Specific symptoms of kidney abscess

  • Fever with chills
  • Uncontrollable shaking or shivering
  • Excessive sweating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Painful urination
  • Bloody urine
  • Hypotension
  • Pale skin
  • Tachycardia

When should I see my doctor?

Early diagnosis and treatment can stop this condition from worsening and prevent another medical emergency, so talk to your doctor as soon as possible to prevent this serious condition.

If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consulting with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.


What causes kidney abscess?

It is proved that there are various causes of kidney abscess. These are the most common ones, including:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bacteremia
  • Mycoplasma infection
  • Urinary tract stone
  • Kidney inflammation
  • Intravenous drug abuse
  • Neurogenic bladder

Risk factors

What increases my risk for kidney abscess?

Some patients with these below condition may have a high risk to get kidney abscess:

  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Elderly patients – 65 years and over
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Autoimmune disease

Diagnosis & Treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.


How is kidney abscess diagnosed?

If your doctor suspects that you may experience kidney abscess, he/she will perform a physical examination first, then may order you some tests to determine the treatments. Some popular tests may be recommended are:

  • Urine examination
  • Blood examination
  • X-Ray findings
  • Ultrasound
  • CT Scan and MRI

How is kidney abscess treated?            

Based on the size, the condition of kidney abscess, your doctor will determine your treatment options. They may include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Percutaneous drainage

Lifestyle changes & Home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage kidney abscess?

There are some useful tips that help you prevent kidney abscess.

  • Apply heat
  • Use pain medicine
  • Stay hydrated

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: March 12, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019

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