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Hospital presentations: loin pain

A case based module for medical trainees with tips on how to assess a patient who presents acutely with loin pain or renal colic, reach the right diagnosis, interpret investigations and start appropriate initial management

This module forms part of the following courses:

Learning outcomes

After completing this module, you should have the knowledge and confidence to:

  • List the common and serious causes of loin pain and renal colic and outline common accompanying symptoms
  • Outline indications and contraindications for an urgent intravenous urogram (IVU) or computed tomography (CT) scan of the kidneys, ureter, and bladder (CT KUB)
  • Perform full examination to elicit signs of renal pathology
  • Order, interpret, and act on initial investigations: blood tests, urinalysis, urine culture and microscopy, radiographs, ultrasound
  • Prescribe appropriate analgesia and commence appropriate antibiotics when an infective cause is likely.

Written by:

 Stacy Wardle,  Gemma Scott, David Makanjuola

Updated by:

David Makanjuola

Peer reviewed by:

Elora Mukherjee

Last updated

20 May 2019

Release date

07 Dec 2015


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
BMJ Learning 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning has assigned one hour of credit to this module
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