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Foul smelling urine, left flank pain

12/11/2008

Question:

I have been having foul smelling urine & left lower back pain for quite a while. When I mentioned this to my doctor he didn`t think much of it. I`m still concerned.

Answer:

I am also concerned, and agree that further testing is warranted.  Depending on your age, gender, and other underlying diseases, there are several possibilities here, and these include:

Also, if you have any of the following, your situation may be even more serious:

If an infection, obstruction, or stone is present, it may be dangerous not to have it treated.  If you feel that your doctor is not taking your symptoms seriously enough, please seek a second opinion.

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Response by:

Mildred   Lam, MD Mildred Lam, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University