Kidney Stone Disease
When substances normally occurring in urine become highly concentrated, they can form solid masses called kidney stones. These masses can stay in the kidney or travel down the urinary tract. Smaller stones can pass out of the body with little discomfort. Larger stones, however, can cause:
- Painful urination
- Blood in urine
- Lower back or abdominal pain
Kidney stones are diagnosed by blood tests, urine tests or X-rays. Stones can be extracted from the kidneys or bladder, or can be treated by a procedure called shock wave lithotripsy, which breaks up stones so they can pass more easily through the body.
Both men and women can suffer from kidney stones. To schedule an appointment to assess or treat kidney stones, or to assess any of the symptoms listed above, please call our office.