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A 26-year-old male asked:

I have a stuck 3x7mm kidney stone in lower ureter(minimal/rare pain). urine flows through. can drinking lemon juice break up stone over time?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Fink
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Depends on the stone: Depending on the chemical composition of the stone (such as calcium oxalate), lemon juice might help slightly, but probably not enough to dissolve the stone. If the stone is made of uric acid, lemon juice won't help. You may need lithotripsy (shock waves) or a cystoscopy to manually remove the stone if it doesn't eventually pass. If the stone is blocking the ureter, it could damage the kidney.
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Dr. Monique Ruberu
20 years experience
Stone: Not sure about lemon juice, but water - lots of it .. Is definitely indicated.
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Dr. David Koota
Urology 31 years experience
Passing Stones: Lemon juice for certain patients can help prevent stone formation but really will not help in passage. I agree that significant hydration is important, your doctor should also add tamulosin to help facilitate the process.
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Last updated Jun 14, 2018

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