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Pain in left flank. Blood work shows elevated WBC. History of renal failure. Causes?

I have left flank pain and went to the er last night . they did a cat scan and found nothing of clncern thy said. my blood wok shows my WBC was elevated but they could not find a reaskn .this is not the first time i have had these symptoms either . i had renel failure four years ago fter a month of these same ymptoms nd spent 17 days in a hosital and still ha no answers when i left . what could possibly b wrong wkh me that i can ask the hosital tk test flr ?
Asked On : Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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Thank you for the query.

Left abdominal pain and elevated WBC indicates diverticulitis. This disease is strongly associated with constipations. So if you have had constipations before, this is very probable. This disease likes to recur, and after two episodes surgery is advisable as such diverticle inflammation can cause intestine perforation. Abdominal CT can not visualize diverticles especially if no oral contrast was given and intestines preparation were performed.
It is advisable in your case to have antibiotics treatment (Ciprofloxacine 500 mg twice a day for 5 days and Metronidazole 500 mg twice a day for 5 days). You should have light diet, drink more water especially in a first few days. After about 3 weeks the colonoscopy should be done (colonoscopy when acute inflammation is present can cause a perforation).

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Answered: Fri, 18 Jan 2013
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