Ureteric stone in the presence of existing backache: Lessons to learn

M. Z. Zulkifli, C. C.K. Ho, E. H. Goh, S. Praveen, S. Das*

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Incidence of urolithiasis is on the rise due to climatic changes especially global warming. The pain due to presence of ureteric stone is a well known identity but many times it may be asymptomatic or even masked by concurrent presence of backache. In the present article, we describe the case of a 43-year-old male who came to the clinic for treatment of backache persisting for more than two years. The patient complained of backache two years back for which he was treated with analgesics and physiotherapy which relieved his pain. No X-ray was taken earlier because the attending clinician thought the backache to be musculo-skeletal in origin. Recently, one day a sudden episode of backache in the midst of night compelled him to seek medical treatment. However, this time a X-ray was performed and it showed the presence of calculi in the right upper pelvis of ureter which measured 1.9 cm vertically. An ultrasound confirmed the diagnosis. The patient was treated with two episodes of shock wave therapy which failed to crush the stone. A Double-J stent was inserted under general anaesthesia. The stone was crushed using a ureteroscope guided laser. The present case report describes how backache in professionals cannot be lightly attended. Even the characteristic groin to loin pain may be absent. All cases of backache should be properly investigated with an X-ray to rule out renal or ureteric calculi.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-25
Number of pages3
JournalClinica Terapeutica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Double-J stent
  • Lumbar
  • Nephrolitiasis
  • Pain
  • Renal
  • Stone
  • Treatment
  • Ultrasound
  • Ureter
  • Ureteroscope
  • X-ray

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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