A renal cortical abscess (carbuncle) is usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus, which reaches the kidney by haematogenous spread.

A renal carbuncle is most commonly seen in diabetics, intravenous drug abusers, those debilitated by chronic disease and patients with acquired immunodeficiency. A renal corticomedullary abscess, in contrast, usually results from an ascending UTI in association with an underlying urinary tract abnormality, such as obstructive uropathy or VUR, and is usually caused by common uropathogens such as E. coli and other gram-negative bacilli. Such abscesses may extend deeply into the renal parenchyma, perforate the renal capsule and form a perirenal abscess.

Treatment with suitable homoeopathic medicine without drainage may be effective if the abscess is small and if the underlying urinary tract abnormality can be corrected.


  • Abscess on the skin
  • Inflammation of the kidneys
  • Kidney disease
  • Post-Surgery complications to the urinary tract, reproductive organs
  • Drugs that were administered intravenously
  • Few patients with high levels of blood glucose too encounter renal abscess


Renal abscess is a rare occurrence that usually presents with following symptoms:

  • Fever and chill
  • Abdominal pain that radiates down the groin
  • Severe backache and tenderness
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Pain during urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Sweating at night


Kidney abscess is diagnosed by running a battery of tests including blood tests, urine culture, analysis of urine, ultrasound of abdominal region and CT scan.

The urine and blood tests would reveal the type of bacteria causing the abscess and the doctor would decide upon future course of treatment depending on the results.


Few medicines useful in the treatment of renal abscess is:

Berberis vulgaris has radiating pains from the kidneys to the bladder. Pain from the kidney extends along the ureter of radiates to the liver, stomach and spleen, arresting breathing. Bubbling sensation in the region of kidneys. Frequent urination with the sensation as if some urine is left behind. Urine is thick, mucoid, bright red, turbid, yellow or sandy.

SARSAPARILLA -- Excruciating pains from right kidney downwards. Severe almost unbearable pain at conclusion of urination. Urine bloody, scanty, slimy, flaky, sandy, copious, passed without sensation, deposits white sand. Painful distension & tenderness in bladder, urine dribbles while sitting, passes freely when standing. Air passes from urethra, child screams before & while passing urine.

NUX VOMICA ---Renal colic, right sided. Pain extends to the right thigh & to the genitals. Frequent ineffectual urge for urination with dribbling of urine. Haematuria, strangury. While urinating, itching in urethra & pain in neck of bladder. Backache, must sit up or turn over in bed. Adapted to thin, irritable, zealous, nervous, literary, studious, responsible persons. Bad effects of coffee, tobacco, alcohol, highly spiced food, overeating, long continued mental exertion. Over sensitiveness to all external impressions. Frequent ineffectual urging for stool.

SENECIO AUREUS --Renal colic, great heat & constant urging. Nephritis. Scanty, high coloured, bloody with much mucus & tenesmus. Irritable bladder with headache. Backache of congested kidneys.