Chapter 39. Acute Ureteric Colic

  1. Brian H. Rowe MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP Professor Research Director
  1. Andrew Worster MD, CCPF (EM), MSc, FCFP Associate Professor

Published Online: 27 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch39

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Worster, A. (2008) Acute Ureteric Colic, in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (ed B. H. Rowe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch39

Editor Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Author Information

  1. Emergency Medicine, Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161435

Online ISBN: 9781444303674



  • acute ureteric colic;
  • diagnosing acute ureteric colic (outcome) compared to IVU/IVP (reference standard);
  • PubMed – clinical queries in systematic review and intravenous urography;
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR);
  • Non-steroidal antiinflamatory drugs (NSAIDs) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors;
  • ED treatment of acute ureteric colic - pain control and fluid loss replacement;
  • patients increasing non-alcoholic fluid intake for avoiding ureretic calculi episodes;
  • ureteric colic patients and narcotic analgesics and NSAIDs treatment


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Clinical scenario

  • Background

  • Clinical questions

  • General search strategy

  • Critical review of the literature

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • Conflicts of interest

  • References