By: Andrea Cuadros
What is a Kidney Stone?
A kidney stone is a hard mass formed in the kidneys, typically consisting of insoluble calcium compounds; a renal calculus.
How can you get diagnosed with kidney stones?
Diagnostic tests and procedures, such as Blood testing and Blood tests may reveal too much calcium or uric acid in your blood, Urine testing, Imaging, Analysis of passed stones.
How to get tested for kidney stones?
Blood chemistry screen, to measure kidney function, levels of calcium, uric acid, phosphorus, electrolytes, and other substances that may have caused the stone to form. Urine collection for 24 hours, to measure volume, pH, calcium, uric acid, and other substances that may have caused the stone to form.
Symptoms for kidney stones
The most common symptom is severe pain, usually in the side of the abdomen, that's often associated with nausea.
Treatments for kidney stones
Treatment includes pain relievers and drinking lots of water to help pass the stone. Medical procedures may be needed to remove or break up larger stones.
What doctor to talk to about kidney stones?
Nephrologist: Focuses on kidney disorders.