How is flank pain associated with pleuritis characterized?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Pleuritis, or inflammation of the pleura, can cause sharp stabbing pain in the thoracolumbar region, which may mimic renal colic. The cause of the pleuritis may be infectious (eg, tuberculosis, pneumonia) or noninfectious (eg, lupus erythematosus, pulmonary embolism). If such a process is suspected, an appropriate workup should be pursued promptly, to confirm the diagnosis and treat the underlying issue.

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