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Flank Pain

Alternate Names : Flank Discomfort

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

The flanks are the sides of the abdomen, located between the ribs and the pelvis, or hipbone. Flank pain refers to any pain or discomfort in this area.

What is going on in the body?

Flank pain usually only occurs on one side, but may be mild or severe. There are many possible causes, ranging from unimportant to serious.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

There are many possible causes of flank pain. Common causes include:

  • kidney stones
  • pyelonephritis, which is a kidney infection
  • urinary tract infections, such as a bladder infection
  • irritable bowel syndrome, a poorly understood condition which causes abdominal pain and irregular bowel movements
  • gallbladder pain due to gallstones
  • gallbladder disease
  • inflammation in the bowels, such as that caused by peptic ulcers or appendicitis
  • hepatitis
  • pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas
  • an enlarged or damaged spleen
  • pneumonia
  • a tumor or cancer inside the abdomen, such as colon cancer
  • Other causes are also possible. Sometimes a cause cannot be found.


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    Flank Pain: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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