Kidney Injuries

Kidney injuries in sports are rare. The kidneys are located above the hips one on each side of the spine. As a result of a violent impact to the flank (side), a kidney may rupture.

Presentation

  • Blood in urine following blow to their side.

Diagnosis

  • Ultrasound scan
  • CT scan

Management

  • The bleeding often stops spontaneously and causes no further problems.
  • If the injury is severe, and bleeding continues, surgery may be needed to repair or remove the kidney.

Note

After sustained, vigorous physical exertion without impact, a small amount of blood can appear in the urine, causing a faint red discoloration. This does not necessarily indicate a kidney injury, but should be assessed by a doctor.