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