What are the recommendations for imaging in a patient with pyelonephritis?

Uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) (pyelonephritis and cystitis) entry, acute pyelonephritis subsection of diagnosis/making the diagnosis section. In: DynaMed Plus.
References recent recommendations from American College of Radiology.

  • In uncomplicated patients, imaging is not recommended if patient responds to therapy within 72 hours.
  • “can be considered to exclude complications in nonresponders and evaluate upper urinary tract when urinary obstruction or renal stone disease are suspected”

For more information, see ACR (American College of Radiology) appropriateness criteria for acute pyelonephritis

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