Learn what you need to know about treating these common infections.
  • Vaginal infection
  • Bacterial infections
  • Fungal infection
  • Viral infections
  • Staph infections
 

 
 

 

Kidney Infection Exams & Tests

Your healthcare provider may diagnose a kidney infection by examining the kidney area of your back for tenderness and ordering a laboratory test.

Your healthcare provider may recommend one of the following tests:

  • A urinalysis to reveal white blood cells or red blood cells in the urine.
  • A urine culture from a clean catch or catheterized specimen to reveal bacteria in the urine.
  • A blood culture to show an infection.
  • An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) or CT scan of the abdomen can show enlarged kidneys with poor flow of dye through the kidneys. IVP and CT scan of the abdomen can also indicate underlying disorders.
Additional tests or procedures may be needed for patients with suspected underlying abnormalities of the kidney, including the following:
  • Avoiding cystourethrogram which allows x-ray images to be taken while the bladder is being emptied.
  • A renal ultrasound can show the blood vessels of the kidneys.
  • A renal scan to measure the function of the kidney.
  • A renal biopsy to obtain a sample of kidney tissue.