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Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Can a urine test show you have kidney stones?

Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Can a urine test show you have kidney stones?

No but suggests: Urine test in persons with kidney stones usually shows red blood cells under the microscope. However, if the stone is dormant and small it may show nothing. Occasionally, a stone will be accompanied by infection. Then whites cells may show in urine bec of infection not bec of stone. Also persons may have red blood cells in urine bec of different reasons than stones. A doctor will differentiate. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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I have kidney stones of 3.4 n 3.8mm. In 1st urine test albumin is +, and after 10 days again it show albumin is traced... Is it normal or any serious ?

Dr. James Lin
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I have kidney stones of 3.4 n 3.8mm. In 1st urine test albumin is +, and after 10 days again it show albumin is traced... Is it normal or any serious ?

Here are some...: Most likely, the trace-(+) finding of albumin is not clinically significant, i.e., not serious, but annual urinalysis for next 3-5 yrs as follow-ups for comparison is reasonable. As to the kidney stone of 3.4x3.8 mm, you may leave it alone as long as not bothering you since the odd to pass a stone of this size is high. More? Ask treating doc for personal specific counseling timely. ...Read more

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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My blood test showed higher level of protein. Was sent for urine test and showed protein in urine. I have had three kidney stones, but none currently.

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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My blood test showed higher level of protein. Was sent for urine test and showed protein in urine. I have had three kidney stones, but none currently.

Protein in urine: Requires follow up with quantification of amount - there are two ways to do this: cup of urine with protein to creatinine ratio mg/mg -- or a 24 hour urine collection. Both are meaningful. Blood tests need interpretation, also. High protein in blood could indicate an evolving disorder that requires characterization with electrophoresis. Urine protein should be characterized with electrophoresis. ...Read more

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Dr. Dean Giannone
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History of kidney stones. Intermittent flank pain and pain below rib cage. No UTI symptoms, but home urine test showed 500+ leukocyte and no nitrate?

Dr. Dean Giannone
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History of kidney stones.  Intermittent flank pain and pain below rib cage.  No UTI symptoms, but home urine test showed 500+ leukocyte and no nitrate?

Renal colic?: While technically speaking we should keep our mind open to other possibilities for your symptoms, they could be consistent with a passing kidney stone. The leukocytes could be suggestive of resultant inflammation. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Chao
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Should i contact a different doctor for adrenal mass went to a urologist after a CT scan for kidney stones showed an adrenal mass. Urologist sent me for a MRI and had me do a 24 hour urine test to see why i had kidney stones. I am more worried about the

Dr. Philip Chao
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Should i contact a different doctor for adrenal mass went to a urologist after a CT scan for kidney stones showed an adrenal mass.  Urologist sent me for a MRI and had me do a 24 hour urine test to see why i had kidney stones.  I am more worried about the

The most common: Adrenal mass seen in about 15% of patients is an adrenal adenoma which is a benign tumor. It is easy to characterize on MRI because we can show there is fat in the tumor. This usually (94% accurate) means that the adrenal tumor is benign. But we make sure by following the tumor with additional MRI studies, which do not use harmful radiation. Ultrasound is not as accurate for followup. ...Read more

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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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Can urine test detect signs of kidney stones ?

Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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Can urine test detect signs of kidney stones ?

Yes: Urine tests can show blood in the urine and sediment which can be associated with kidney stones. ...Read more

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Dr. Ramsay Kuo
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I have been having left pain in my kidney area for the past 4 days. Can a urine test be normal and still have kidney stones?

Dr. Ramsay Kuo
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I have been having left pain in my kidney area for the past 4 days. Can a urine test be normal and still have kidney stones?

It is possible: You may have stones that are moving within the kidney and causing episodic mild obstruction if they are located near the junction of the kidney and the kidney drainage tube (ureter). The key question is whether your pain occurs with changes in position (twisting upper body, bending or standing from a sitting position). If this is the case, the pain may be back related (musculoskeletal). ...Read more

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
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I was tested for kidney stone. Dr. Said nothing came up in urine test. Is that defiinte?

Dr. Bac Nguyen
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I was tested for kidney stone. Dr. Said nothing came up in urine test. Is that defiinte?

Not at all..: Acute kidney stone as it is passing down can cause some bleeding, thus urine testing for presence of blood and not stone. Many diseases cause blood in urine--bladder or kidney infection, tumors etc...So blood in urine does not necessarily mean stone. A spiral ct is an excellent test these days and can help detect where and how big the stone is. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Natraj Katta
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Can you have kidney stones with negative urine test?

Dr. Natraj Katta
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Can you have kidney stones with negative urine test?

You can: But usually you have some blood in urine in kidney stones, but non necessarily all the time. Kidney stones are diagnosed with ct scan. ...Read more

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
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I had kidney stones is past, now in my urine test hows hyaline cast 0-5* , what is that?

Dr. Bahman Omrani
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I had kidney stones is past, now in my urine test hows hyaline cast 0-5* , what is that?

Likely normal : Hyaline cases are the most common casts seen in the urine and when found alone, usually mean normal and only indicate that the patient may have had somewhat concentrated (e.g. Not drinking enough water) urine at the time it was collected. ...Read more

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