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A 40-year-old female asked:

35 year old husband has 7mm kidney stone found on ultrasound by accident. he keeps getting these tiny stones. he has no symptoms. is this serious?

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Dr. Cristin Dickerson
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Yes: Stones can make him susceptible to urinary tract infections. Stones can also cause scarring in the kidneys and ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder). Ultrasound is not the best exam for finding very small stones. Some types of stones can be prevented. I recommend he see his primary care physician or a urologist and get a CT scan called a 'stone protocol CT' to assess the number and location of stones and whether they are blocking urine. He should also be medically assessed for conditions that increased his risk of having more stones.
Dr. David Masiello
Hematology and Oncology 18 years experience
Not Really: Kidney stones can be quite painful and sometimes cause a urinary infection but are otherwise benign. To get to the bottom of why they are hapening you would want to capture a stone and get in analyzed. Depending upon the type of stone it is other tests can then be performed to find out why they are happening
Dr. Philip Miller
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Urology evaluation: Lot of hydration ( 8-10 8 oz. glasses of water daily) plus acidify your urine with citric acid ( fresh fruit juices-OJ, lemon, lime. pineapple etc.) the citric acid will bind calcium crystals and 90% of all stones are made of calcium.

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