Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Kidney Stones
Many other medical conditions or diseases cause symptoms
that may be like those of
Abdominal or intestinal conditions
or intestinal conditions that can cause pain similar to pain caused by kidney
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), which is potentially life-threatening. Pain from a
kidney stone is usually on the right or left side depending on which kidney is
affected. Pain from an aneurysm is located in the center of the abdomen
- Pain from appendicitis is usually in the
lower right abdomen.
- People with kidney stones are more likely to
move restlessly with their pain, while people with appendicitis are likely to
stay still and try not to move because moving causes more pain.
- Cholecystitis, an inflammation of the
gallbladder. Pain is usually in the upper right
- Diverticulitis, in which pouches
(diverticula) form in the wall of the large
intestine (colon) and become inflamed or infected.
Symptoms can include pain and fever.
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), an ongoing inflammation of the intestines. Belly pain
is a symptom.
- Hernias, in which tissue from inside
the abdomen bulges out of the abdominal wall. Belly pain may be a
- Cancer of the
Reproductive system conditions
Both men and women
can have reproductive problems with symptoms similar to kidney stones.
In women, these include:
- Ectopic pregnancy, in which a fertilized egg attaches somewhere other than in
- Twisted ovary or fallopian tube (ovarian torsion), in which an ovary twists or turns on
its supporting ligament, cutting off its blood supply. Symptoms include sudden
pain that gets worse.
- Ovarian cyst, a
fluid-filled sac (follicle) that forms on the ovary's surface. This can cause
severe pelvic pain.
In men, these include:
- Testicular cancer. Symptoms include a
pain in the lower back, abdomen, or groin.
- Epididymitis, inflammation and infection of the long,
tightly coiled tube that lies behind each testicle and collects sperm
(epididymis). Symptoms include pain and pain when urinating.
- Prostatitis, a usually painful condition of the
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology|
|Last Revised||April 28, 2011|