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New guidance on colic

Rapid access for intravenous urography is 'appropriate, popular and workable' for managing patients with acute renal colic, according to

Government-funded research.

The study was set up to address the lack of guidance for managing this group of patients.

Study co-author Dr Patrick Wright, a GP in Durham, said the management of acute renal colic was 'inconsistent' and radiology requests were often 'poorly justified'.

Patients in the study were either treated via a rapid-access pathway or at home. Patients treated under the rapid-access protocol all had intravenous urography within a week ­ just over 20 per cent were found to have renal stones.

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