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Sharkey NJ, Maxwell AP. Management and prevention of renal and ureteric stones. Practitioner Feb 2019 263(1823):11-14

Management and prevention of renal and ureteric stones

22 Feb 2019Registered users

Kidney stones are common with as many as 1 in 10 people developing a symptomatic stone. Up to 50% of stone formers will have at least one further symptomatic stone in their lifetime. Ureteric colic is unaffected by posture with patients often writhing in seemingly futile attempts to relieve pain. Immediate management comprises effective analgesia while urinalysis is the first step in confirming the diagnosis. One of the challenges facing the GP is to differentiate patients who warrant immediate hospital referral from those who can be seen less acutely.

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