How does bladder outlet obstruction cause flank pain?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Any impairment of bladder emptying can result in the backup of urine into the ureters, and subsequently the kidneys. Like other obstructive etiologies, such backup and dilation can result in flank pain.


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