Journal article

Renal colic: current protocols for emergency presentations

Mike Leveridge, Frank T D'Arcy, Dermot O'Kane, Joseph J Ischia, David R Webb, Damien M Bolton, Nathan Lawrentschuk

European Journal of Emergency Medicine | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2016


Flank pain caused by renal colic is a common presentation to emergency departments. This paper reviews the acute clinical assessment of these patients, outlines appropriate diagnostic strategies with labwork and imaging and updates the reader on conservative treatments, suitable choices for analgesia and indications for surgical intervention. Prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment instituted in the Emergency Department can rapidly and effectively manage this excruciatingly painful condition.