What diagnostic approach is indicated in flank pain?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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A broad differential should be utilized when approaching the patient with flank pain. Often, the history and physical examination will greatly narrow the potential diagnoses, and well-selected laboratory and imaging tests will confirm the actual cause. Overall, approaching flank pain with a basic conceptual framework aids the proper and efficient diagnosis of its underlying etiology.

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