Urological Emergencies

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Renal colic pain due to an obstructing stone is the main renal cause of acute flank pain; however, other causes may be responsible for the same clinical findings, including acute pyelonephritis, acute vascular conditions, and hemorrhage. The purpose of this review is to describe the differential diagnosis, the CT findings and pitfalls, and the role and impact of CT in the diagnosis and management of the renal causes of acute flank pain.


Ureteral Stone Acute Pyelonephritis Intravenous Contrast Material Ureteral Calculus Renal Vein Thrombosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ImagingHôpital LapeyronieMontpellier Cedex 5France
  2. 2.Department of UrologyHôpital LapeyronieMontpellier Cedex 5France

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