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What is Kidney Colic?

Description of the disease

Kidney colic is an acute pain in the lower back or side caused by the blockage of a kidney stone in the ureter. This condition can be extremely painful and requires medical intervention.


  • Simple kidney colic
  • Complex kidney colic


  • Acute pain in the lower back or side
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Feeling of inability to find a comfortable position
  • Frequent urination


The cause of kidney colic may be the presence of a kidney stone in the ureter or kidney inflammation.


For the diagnosis of kidney colic, ultrasound, X-ray, or CT scan are usually used.


Treatment of kidney colic may include painkillers, infusions, ureteral dilation, or surgical intervention.


Prevention of kidney colic involves increasing water intake, following a diet, moderate physical exercise, and treatment of concomitant diseases.


Kidney colic treatment is carried out by a urologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.