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What is considered flank-pain, and is it always a kidney problem?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: See below

The flank is a area below the rib cage in the back, on the sides of the spine.
Some portion of the kidney lies below the rib cage in that area. All flank pain does not mean pain from kidneys and could be due strained muscle.

In brief: See below

The flank is a area below the rib cage in the back, on the sides of the spine.
Some portion of the kidney lies below the rib cage in that area. All flank pain does not mean pain from kidneys and could be due strained muscle.
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