Possible causes of kidney pain include:
- Bleeding in the kidney (hemorrhage)
- Blood clots in kidney veins (renal vein thrombosis)
- Hydronephrosis (kidney swelling due to a backup of urine)
- Kidney cancer or a kidney tumor
- Kidney cysts (enlargement or rupture)
- Kidney infection (pyelonephritis)
- Kidney stones
- Polycystic kidney disease
Kidney stones are likely to cause pain only when they start to move out of the kidney. Also, it's possible to have one of these conditions, particularly most kidney cancers, and not have kidney pain.
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Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.
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- Kidney infection (pyelonephritis). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/kidney-disease/kidney-infection-pyelonephritis. Accessed Jan. 14, 2017.
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