What are the treatment options for pyelonephritis in pregnant patients?

Updated: Aug 17, 2021
  • Author: Raisa O Platte, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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The standard course of treatment for pyelonephritis consists of hospital admission and intravenous (IV) administration of cephalosporins or gentamicin. IV fluids must be administered with caution. Patients with pyelonephritis can become dehydrated because of nausea and vomiting and need IV hydration. However, they are at high risk for the development of pulmonary edema and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).


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