What is the role of abdominal radiography in the workup of azotemia?

Updated: Sep 19, 2018
  • Author: Moro O Salifu, MD, MPH, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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If symptoms suggest nephrolithiasis, a plain film of the abdomen is performed to screen for presence of a radiopaque stone. Calcium-containing, struvite, and cystine stones can be identified, but radiolucent ones, such as uric acid stones, will be missed.


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