How is flank pain associated with pyelonephritis characterized?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Pyelonephritis is a common cause of flank pain, but discomfort from it is usually described as a relatively mild dull ache rather than typical renal colic. Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk for pyelonephritis and its complications.

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