Take a look at some initial diagnostic testing below.
Urine microscopy/urine sediment
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Excellent! Identification of a urinary pathogen in this case will be extremely helpful. Her culture is positive for >100,000 colony forming units (CFU) of gram negative rods (GNR).
Image courtesy of Dr. Alexandra Stanislavsky, Radiopaedia.org (Case 12916).
Plain abdominal film
While approximately 90% of kidney stones are radio-opaque, making this a useful test, we might be able to spare our patient even this minimal amount of radiation.
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Case 32 Index
Case 32 Introduction
Case 32 Physical Exam