Kidney Stones 101

Kidney Stones 101

The following information is adapted from the The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Click on the plus sign to view the answers.

Definitions and Facts

What are kidney stones?

What causes of kidney stones?

What are some symptoms of kidney stones?

Do kidney stones have any other names?

Are there different types of kidney stones?

How common are kidney stones?

Who is more likely to develop kidney stones?

Diagnosing Kidney Stones

Healthcare professionals use your medical history, a physical exam, and lab and imaging tests to diagnose kidney stones.

Medical history

Laboratory tests

Imaging tests

Treating Kidney Stones

Healthcare professionals usually treat kidney stones based on their size, location, and what type they are.

How do healthcare professionals treat kidney stones?

Kidney stone removal

Preventing Kidney Stones

To help prevent future kidney stones, you need to know what caused your previous kidney stones. Once you know what type of kidney stone you had, a healthcare professional can help you make changes to your eating, diet, and nutrition to prevent future kidney stones.

Drinking liquids to prevent kidney stones

Medicines to prevent future kidney stones

Hyperparathyroidism surgery

Diet and Nutrition to prevent future kidney stones

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