How is stricture disease associated with flank pain diagnosed and treated?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Patients with obstruction in this setting will present with renal colic that may worsen after fluid intake. The pain can be confirmed on examination by flank palpation or percussion. Diagnosis involves imaging with modalities similar to those used for nephrolithiasis. Specialized studies to assess renal function and drainage are also often employed.  A urologist should be consulted for treatment, which involves drainage of the obstructed proximal urinary tract and often provides immediate relief. See Ureteral Stricture for more information.


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