It is sometimes hard to tell the difference between back pain that
is caused by a bone or muscle problem and back pain (flank pain) that is caused
by a kidney or bladder infection or a kidney stone.
Back pain that is caused by a bone or muscle problem:
Flank pain that is caused by a kidney infection or a kidney stone:
Flank pain with fever and urinary symptoms may mean a kidney
infection (pyelonephritis) is present.
May 7, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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