Nonspecific Infections of the Kidney
The kidneys are sites for specific and nonspecific infections. Tuberculosis, actinomycosis, syphilis, candidiasis, ecchinococcosis, filariasis, and bilharziasis are examples of specific infections; infection resulting from Escherichia coli, enterococci, Proteus, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, and other pyogenic organisms constitute the nonspecific group. In most instances the nonspecific infections do not present problems in the differential diagnosis of an acute abdomen. However, acute pyelonephritis and renal carbuncle, when caused by virulent organisms, can masquerade as an acute abdomen arising from an intraperitoneal inflammatory process.
KeywordsAcute Pancreatitis Acute Appendicitis Acute Cholecystitis Bacterial Count Acute Abdomen
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