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can kidney stone kill a person ? and can an four year old get kidney stone and gallbladder stones ?

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Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
If: It is large and is associated with a blood stream infection. It is unusual for a 4 year old to have stones unless there is an associated metabolic disease. All the best and get some advice from Peds endocrinology.
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Uncommon to hear of kidney stone and gallstones in a 4 year old. A stone won't kill someone, but an infection as result of stones can, but still rare.
Apr 23, 2015
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes to all: This sounds like a very serious situation and this child needs to be under the care of a competent pediatric urologist to find the cause of the kidney stone. Gallstones can be lethal as well; in a child, the workup should include a check for ongoing hemolysis, even low-level.

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How do doctors manage kidney infections in pregnancy?

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Antibiotics(Abx): Kidney infections are a serious condition when pregnant. While simple bladder infections can be treated with oral abx as outpatient, kidney infections usually require IV abx and a hospital stay. Daily, preventative abx are then prescribed for the remainder of pregnancy. Call your doctor quickly if symptoms of a bladder infection develop to prevent progression to a kidney infection.
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What is the treatment for kidney stones while pregnant?

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Usually waiting: If there is no obstruction or infection, most urologists will not treat stones in pregnancy unless the pain becomes unbearable. Even then, they will often just pass a stent (thin tube) up into your kidney to make sure it keeps draining until after delivery. Drinking lots of water and pain meds are the usual course in pregnancy.
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What problems does diabetic kidney disease cause?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
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LowProtein/HighWaste: Protein loss into the urine can cause low protein levels in the blood, and lead to swelling in the feet and ankles late in the day, and around the face in the morning. High levels of waste products and potassium and low levels of calcium can cause fatigue, weakness, heart problems, bone problems, and sudden death. Dialysis is needed to correct these imbalances.
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What are the signs of diabetic kidney disease?

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What lifestyle changes can I make to help prevent kidney failure?

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Dr. Sreya Pallath
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Exercise: Maintain a healthy lifestyle with low fat food, low salt diet. Avoid excessive weight gain. Stay well hydrated. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, make sure it is well controlled. Exercise is important to improve all of these factors. And see as doctor regularly. They can do blood tests to check for kidney disease since this is often a silent disease.

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