INTRODUCTION: Renal colic cases, which have an important place among patients presenting to the emergency department with pain complaints, have an important place in urological emergencies. In this study, patients who applied to the emergency department with suspected renal colic diagnosis during the Covid-19 pandemic were compared with those in the pre-pandemic period.
METHODS: Patients who applied to the Emergency Department with the colic type flank pain between March 2020 and May 2020 were included in the study. Diagnostic and treatment parameters of 1699 patients, including 199 pandemic and 1500 pre-pandemic control group, were evaluated in this study.
RESULTS: As a result of the evaluation made, it was seen that emergency physicians preferred USG less during the pandemic period, and mostly resorted to computer tomography method, and in this period, a decrease in the rate of observed kidney stones, an increase ureter stones were observed.. During the pandemic period, there has been a considerable decrease in the rate of hospital admissions
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: As a result of postponing treatment of patients with urinary system stones, secondary pyonephrosis and pyelonephritis rates increased approximately 10 times compared to the pre-pandemic period.