Kidney stones, also known as nephrolithiasis, urolithiasis or renal calculi, are solid accretions (crystals) of dissolved minerals in urine found inside the kidneys or ureters. They vary in size from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. ...

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Kidney Stones Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... You''re not likely to have signs and symptoms unless a kidney stone is large, causes a blockage, is associated with an infection or is being passed. Then the most common symptom is an intense, colicky...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fist. They''re located in back of your abdomen on either side of your spine, and their main function is to remove excess fluid and ...
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Kidney Stones Prevention

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Prevention
... In many cases, you can prevent kidney stones by making a few lifestyle changes. If these measures aren''t effective and blood and urine tests reveal you''re currently forming stones or the stones you ...
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Kidney Stones Treatment

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Complications
... If a stone stays inside one of your kidneys, it usually doesn''t cause a problem unless it becomes so large it blocks the flow of urine. This can cause pressure and pain, along with the risk of severe...
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Treatment
... Treatment for kidney stones varies, depending on the type of stone and the cause. You may be able to move a stone through your urinary tract simply by drinking plenty of water — as much as 2 to ...
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Kidney Stones Other

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Kidney Stones
... What is a kidney stone? A kidney stone (or "urinary stone") develops when crystals from salt and mineral substances supersaturate the urine. These crystals can combine and grow in size to fo...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Kidney Stone Treatment
... What is a kidney stone? A kidney stone, or "urinary stone," develops when crystals from salt and mineral substances form in the urine. These crystals can combine and grow to form a stone. Th...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Kidney Stones Treatment

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Kidney Stones
... Kidney stones are hard masses of mineral deposits (e.g., calcium) or other organic substances (e.g., uric acid) that form in the kidneys or urinary tract. They can be found in the kidney itself or any...
Source: HealthWorld

Kidney Stones
... Number of Americans affected by kidney stones yearly -- 1,000,000 Portion of U.S. population affected annually -- 0.5% Portion of population who will have at least one kidney stone --3% Of these, how ...
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Kidney Stones Articles

  • Cystoscopy and Ureteroscopy
    ... When you have a urinary problem, your doctor may use a cystoscope to see inside your bladder and urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. The cy...
  • Directory of Kidney and Urologic Diseases Organizations
    ... This directory lists voluntary, governmental, and private organizations. Some of the organizations offer educational materials and other services to patients and the public; others primarily serve hea...
  • Hematuria (Blood in the Urine)
    ... Hematuria is the presence of red blood cells (RBCs) in the urine. In microscopic hematuria, the urine appears normal to the naked eye, but examination under a microscope shows a high number of RBCs. G...
  • Kidney and Urologic Diseases Statistics for the United States
    ... K/DOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines for Chronic Kidney Disease: Evaluation, Classification, and Stratification. American Journal of Kidney Disease. 2002;39(2, Suppl. 1):S1-S266. Summary of notifiable ...
  • Kidney Diseases Dictionary Index
    ... This dictionary defines words that are often used when people talk or write about kidney diseases. It is designed for people who have kidney diseases and their families and friends. The words are list...
  • Kidney Stones in Adults
    ... Kidney stones, one of the most painful of the urologic disorders, are not a product of modern life. Scientists have found evidence of kidney stones in a 7,000-year-old Egyptian mummy. Unfortunately, k...
  • Medical Tests of Kidney Function
    ... On this page: Healthy kidneys remove wastes and excess fluid from the blood. Blood tests show whether the kidneys are failing to remove wastes. Urine tests can show how quickly body wastes are being r...
  • Urologic Diseases Dictionary Index
    ... This dictionary defines words that are often used when people talk or write about urologic diseases. It is designed for people who have urologic diseases and their families and friends. The words are ...
  • What I need to know about Kidney Stones
    ... Pain in the shaded areas may be caused by kidney stones. If you have a kidney stone, you may already know how painful it can be. Most kidney stones pass out of the body without help from a doctor. But...
  • Your Kidneys and How They Work
    ... Your two kidneys are vital organs that perform many functions to keep your blood clean and chemically balanced. Understanding how your kidneys work can help you to keep them healthy. The kidneys remov...

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