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Sixty seconds on . . . kidney stones

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 20 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3190
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. BMJ


You can say that again. The discomfort caused by kidney stones passing through the ureter has been compared to birth contractions with pain radiating across the lower abdomen and groin. The stones—which can vary in size, shape, and make-up—can also cause pain in the testicles and scrotum as well as nausea, frequent urination, and pain on urination.

Is there anything I give my patient for that?

They can’t have pethidine or an epidural, but the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence …

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