Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Young patient with bilateral obstructive uropathy with renal failure. Bladder catheterisation yielded pus.

Patient Data

Age: 21
Gender: Male

Left: content of the left kidney.  Urine.

Right: content of the right kidney.  Frank pus.

Case Discussion

Pyonephrosis is pus within the renal collecting system.

It frequently occurs in an obstructed renal tract due to stasis.

Percutaneous nephrostomy insertion is a life saving first line treatment, to treat sepsis and prevent terminal renal impairment.

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Case information

rID: 28102
Published: 10th Mar 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Urogenital
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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