Costovertebral angle

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Costovertebral angle
CVangle.png
View of the human skeleton from the back; the costovertebral angle is marked.
Latinarcus costovertebralis
 
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Costovertebral angle
CVangle.png
View of the human skeleton from the back; the costovertebral angle is marked.
Latinarcus costovertebralis
Transverse section, showing the relations of the capsule of the kidney.

The costovertebral angle (Latin: arcus costovertebralis) is the acute angle formed on either side of the human back between the twelfth rib and the vertebral column.[1]

The kidney lies directly below this area, so is the place where, with percussion (Latin: sucussio renalis), pain is elicited when the person has kidney stones or kidney inflammation. The presence of pain is marked as a positive Murphy's punch sign or as costovertebral angle tenderness.[2]

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