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Renal Abscess
Alessandro Furlan, MD; R. Brooke Jeffrey, MD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Pathology

          • Clinical Issues

            • Diagnostic Checklist

              TERMINOLOGY

              • Definitions

                • Localized collection of pus secondary to suppurative necrosis in kidney

              IMAGING

              • General Features

                • Fluoroscopic Findings

                  • Ultrasonographic Findings

                    • CT Findings

                      • MR Findings

                        • Nuclear Medicine Findings

                          • Imaging Recommendations

                            DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                              PATHOLOGY

                              • General Features

                                • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                  • Microscopic Features

                                    CLINICAL ISSUES

                                    • Presentation

                                      • Demographics

                                        • Natural History & Prognosis

                                          • Treatment

                                            DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                            • Consider

                                              • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                Selected References

                                                1. Heller MT et al: Acute conditions affecting the perinephric space: imaging anatomy, pathways of disease spread, and differential diagnosis. Emerg Radiol. 19(3):245-54, 2012
                                                2. Cheng CH et al: Renal abscess in children: a 10-year clinical and radiologic experience in a tertiary medical center. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 27(11):1025-7, 2008
                                                3. Craig WD et al: Pyelonephritis: radiologic-pathologic review. Radiographics. 28(1):255-77; quiz 327-8, 2008
                                                4. Demertzis J et al: State of the art: imaging of renal infections. Emerg Radiol. 14(1):13-22, 2007
                                                5. Jaik NP et al: Renal abscess. J Assoc Physicians India. 54:241-3, 2006
                                                6. Vourganti S et al: Ultrasonographic evaluation of renal infections. Radiol Clin North Am. 44(6):763-75, 2006
                                                7. Jaff A et al: Evaluation of imaging-guided fine-needle percutaneous biopsy of renal masses. Eur Radiol. 15(8):1721-6, 2005
                                                8. Wang YT et al: Renal abscess in children: a clinical retrospective study. Acta Paediatr Taiwan. 44(4):197-201, 2003
                                                9. Cachat F et al: The role of uroradiological studies in children with renal abscess. Pediatrics. 109(1):165-6, 2002
                                                10. Dalla Palma L et al: Medical treatment of renal and perirenal abscesses: CT evaluation. Clin Radiol. 54(12):792-7, 1999
                                                11. Yen DH et al: Renal abscess: early diagnosis and treatment. Am J Emerg Med. 17(2):192-7, 1999
                                                12. Davidson AJ et al: Radiologic assessment of renal masses: implications for patient care. Radiology. 202(2):297-305, 1997
                                                13. Kawashima A et al: CT of renal inflammatory disease. Radiographics. 17(4):851-66; discussion 867-8, 1997
                                                14. Brown ED et al: Renal abscesses: appearance on gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance images. Abdom Imaging. 21(2):172-6, 1996
                                                15. Rinder MR: Renal abscess: an illustrative case and review of the literature. Md Med J. 45(10):839-43, 1996
                                                16. Siegel JF et al: Minimally invasive treatment of renal abscess. J Urol. 155(1):52-5, 1996
                                                17. Talner LB et al: Acute pyelonephritis: can we agree on terminology? Radiology. 192(2):297-305, 1994
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                                                KEY FACTS

                                                • Terminology

                                                  • Imaging

                                                    • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                                      • Pathology

                                                        • Clinical Issues

                                                          • Diagnostic Checklist

                                                            TERMINOLOGY

                                                            • Definitions

                                                              • Localized collection of pus secondary to suppurative necrosis in kidney

                                                            IMAGING

                                                            • General Features

                                                              • Fluoroscopic Findings

                                                                • Ultrasonographic Findings

                                                                  • CT Findings

                                                                    • MR Findings

                                                                      • Nuclear Medicine Findings

                                                                        • Imaging Recommendations

                                                                          DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                                            PATHOLOGY

                                                                            • General Features

                                                                              • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                                                                • Microscopic Features

                                                                                  CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                                                  • Presentation

                                                                                    • Demographics

                                                                                      • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                                        • Treatment

                                                                                          DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                                          • Consider

                                                                                            • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                                                              Selected References

                                                                                              1. Heller MT et al: Acute conditions affecting the perinephric space: imaging anatomy, pathways of disease spread, and differential diagnosis. Emerg Radiol. 19(3):245-54, 2012
                                                                                              2. Cheng CH et al: Renal abscess in children: a 10-year clinical and radiologic experience in a tertiary medical center. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 27(11):1025-7, 2008
                                                                                              3. Craig WD et al: Pyelonephritis: radiologic-pathologic review. Radiographics. 28(1):255-77; quiz 327-8, 2008
                                                                                              4. Demertzis J et al: State of the art: imaging of renal infections. Emerg Radiol. 14(1):13-22, 2007
                                                                                              5. Jaik NP et al: Renal abscess. J Assoc Physicians India. 54:241-3, 2006
                                                                                              6. Vourganti S et al: Ultrasonographic evaluation of renal infections. Radiol Clin North Am. 44(6):763-75, 2006
                                                                                              7. Jaff A et al: Evaluation of imaging-guided fine-needle percutaneous biopsy of renal masses. Eur Radiol. 15(8):1721-6, 2005
                                                                                              8. Wang YT et al: Renal abscess in children: a clinical retrospective study. Acta Paediatr Taiwan. 44(4):197-201, 2003
                                                                                              9. Cachat F et al: The role of uroradiological studies in children with renal abscess. Pediatrics. 109(1):165-6, 2002
                                                                                              10. Dalla Palma L et al: Medical treatment of renal and perirenal abscesses: CT evaluation. Clin Radiol. 54(12):792-7, 1999
                                                                                              11. Yen DH et al: Renal abscess: early diagnosis and treatment. Am J Emerg Med. 17(2):192-7, 1999
                                                                                              12. Davidson AJ et al: Radiologic assessment of renal masses: implications for patient care. Radiology. 202(2):297-305, 1997
                                                                                              13. Kawashima A et al: CT of renal inflammatory disease. Radiographics. 17(4):851-66; discussion 867-8, 1997
                                                                                              14. Brown ED et al: Renal abscesses: appearance on gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance images. Abdom Imaging. 21(2):172-6, 1996
                                                                                              15. Rinder MR: Renal abscess: an illustrative case and review of the literature. Md Med J. 45(10):839-43, 1996
                                                                                              16. Siegel JF et al: Minimally invasive treatment of renal abscess. J Urol. 155(1):52-5, 1996
                                                                                              17. Talner LB et al: Acute pyelonephritis: can we agree on terminology? Radiology. 192(2):297-305, 1994