Long-term follow-up of patients presenting to adult nephrologists with chronic pyelonephritis and 'normal' renal function

T. H.J. Goodship, J. T. Stoddart, V. Martinek, D. Geetha, A. L. Brown, M. K. Ward, D. N.S. Kerr, J. P. Owen, R. Wilkinson

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Abstract

We studied the natural history, and therefore prognosis, of patients with chronic pyelonephritis presenting to adult nephrologists with a plasma or serum creatinine <90 mmol/l. From the Newcastle chronic pyelonephritis database, 255 patients with radiologically-proven disease were reviewed. Median follow-up was 95 months (95%Cl 82.3-109.3). Plasma creatinine was ≤90 μmol/l (P(Cr)≤90 group) at presentation in 138. At presentation, hypertension, bilateral disease and proteinuria were less frequent in the P(Cr)≤90 group (hypertension 19% vs. 32%, p<0.05; bilateral disease 25% vs. 70%, p<0.001; proteinuria 18% vs. 60%, p<0.001). With the exception of two patients, the renal prognosis of this group was excellent. Patients over the age of 18 years presenting to adult nephrologists with a diagnosis of chronic pyelonephritis and a creatinine ≤90 μmol/l can be reassured that the chances of developing end-stage renal failure in the future are very small. Most could be referred back to their general practitioner for long-term follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-803
Number of pages5
JournalQJM - Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
Volume93
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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