How is flank pain caused by rib pathology diagnosed?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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The diagnosis is usually made clinically, but can be confirmed by radiographic findings. Costochondritis or inflammation of the rib without a fracture can also duplicate the pain distribution of renal colic and is differentiated by the absence of a visualized fracture.


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