The Ewha Medical Journal
Ewha Womans University School of Medicine
Case Report

Renal Abscess: Report of a Case

Ho Sun Lee
Corresponding author: Ho Sun Lee. Department of Urology, College of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Korea.

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Published Online: Jul 24, 2015


Renal abscess caused by Staphylococcus aureus develops from hematogenous spread of the organisms from a primary skin lesion, or is secondary to longstanding renal infection caused by gram negative organisms. Excretory urography is the most reliable investigative procedure although renal arteriogram is necessary frequently. In the early stage, cure is often possible with antibiotic therapy, but if not, surgical operation such as drainage of the abscess, heminephrectomy or even nephrectomy will be required.

We report a case of renal abscess diffusely involved in the left kidney, which was nephrectomized.