The utility of blood cultures in pyelonephritis

Kim Y, et al. Usefulness of Blood Cultures and Radiologic Imaging Studies in the Management of Patients with Community-Acquired Acute Pyelonephritis. Infect Chemother. 2017 Mar;49(1):22-30.

APN is diagnosed by clinical signs and symptoms of upper urinary tract infection, and isolation of the pathogen from urine [4]. In clinical practice, blood cultures and radiologic imaging studies such as CT are commonly used [5,6,13]. Although these tests have been performed on a substantial number of patients, there has been controversy as to their accuracy and usefulness. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of blood cultures and radiologic tests on the management of CA-APN patients.

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