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Can Kidney Stones Be Traced With An Ultrasound
Experienced my 2nd kidney stone yesterday. How can I prevent passing another? I'm 26 years old, and yesterday i passed a kidney stone. This was my second experience with a kidney stone, as i also passed one about 15-months ago. As anybody that has experie
Diet modification: You can have your urine analyzed for kidney stone risk factors. My usual recommendations are 1) increase plain water to at least 2 liters a day 2) decrease sodium intake 3) decrease animal protein intake 4) add a teaspoon of real lemon juice to diet daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more
Yes frequently: Small stones can easily be missed, by any ultrasound machine especially by office ultrasound machines. Spiral ct scan is the most reliable imaging tool for small kidney stones. Flank pain & microscopic blood in urine are frequently good clues to presence of stones. Good news is that small kidney stones usually pass spontaneously & require no intervention. ...Read more
Yes: Ultrasound may not see the stone well but may see swelling in the tube (ureter) where a stone has clogged up the drain. A cat scan (ct) is usually the preferred test to better see the stones. But, unlike ultrasound exposes you to some radiation. ...Read more
Easy peasy: Usually you will be asked to come with a full bladder. Gel will be placed on your skin and a tech will place a small device over the gel to take pictures, typically of your bladder first. It is painless. Then, you will likely be asked to empty bladder, then kidneys will be imaged same way. If you have ever seen a pregnant woman get an ultrasound it is the same thing, just in a different area. ...Read more
Yes, depends on seve: If the blockage is complete & urine backs up into the kidneys, you can get a condition called hydronephrosis. This can be detected on ultrasound due to the dilation of the ducts in the kidneys (like stepping on a garden hose- water backs up & bulges). Ultrasound can miss a kidney stone due to its location or size; however, it can detect the *effects* of a kidney stone, by which diagnosis is made. ...Read more
What to do if I had a kidney stone and hydronephrosis last year, but when I do ultrasound this year?
Why not treated?: U hopefully consulted a urologist last year. Dr should have outlined a plan. U don't tell us whether the kidney stone was treated or not. We also do not know whether hydronephrosis was result of stone or not. Thus advise U contact urologist U saw before, or consult a urologist if U haven't done so before. ...Read more
I had an ultrasound done and it showed a 6-7mm kidney stone. The X-ray showed clear. What one is right?
Stones : A small kidney stones detected by ultrasound can sometimes be missed in plain x-rays. You should go with the ultrasound results. they are small and in your case asymptomatic in many cases they pass on their own hydrate yourself well and read about diet that decreases future stone formation .. ...Read more
What do you advise if i had a kidney stone and hydronephrosis last year, but when I do ultrasound this year?
Just...: For your clinical scenario, i would probably just review hx pertaining to stone clinical activity, get a kub if prior stone was radiopaque, and urinalysis, with US only for the first year after care for stone and its related hydronephrosis. That sounds reasonable. Detail? Ask urologist. ...Read more
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?
I had kidney stone surg 2 years ago and i feel o lot of pain in the same kidney ultrasound shows that is not any stone but my pain is getting worse
Here are some ...: What you described suggests the current pain is not related with kidney or stone. So, collect & bring the info on the onset, degree, duration, interval, & progress of the symptoms over time to Doc for analysis, physicals, possible tests so to deduce possible Dx for reasonable Rx. Best wish ... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On ultrasound it says there are a few kidney stones and one is .9 cm x .6 cm. I have no pain though. It says interpolar area. Can it just be watched?
Get to urologist: who can give you specific advice. I think you should try medical management before you have a surgical procedure as long as you have no symptoms. But a lot depends on your age and general medical condition. ...Read more
I had all the symptoms of a kidney stone 2 weeks ago. I took medication and it eventually went away. After two weeks all the symptoms came back. Is this normal? I'm in constant pain and can't even focus on work or school. I got an ultrasound done and it d
Kidney stone??: If you truly had a kidney stone it is supposed to be one of the worst back pains there is and it is usually treated in the ER by putting an IV live in you and pushing in fluids until you pee it out. They try to capture the "sand" analyze it and modify your diet, hoping that you won't make another. If you have one that didn't pass there are techniques to break it up from outside and then there is s ...Read more
Bright spots: Kidney stones show up on ultrasound as bright echogenic foci (white spots) within the substance of the kidney. If the stones are larger than 3 or 4 mm there will be a darker area behind the stone representing an acoustical shadow. Obstruction of the kidney by a stone will cause dilatation of the kidney's collecting system which will appear as black fluid spaces within the kidney. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
YES: Sometimes you would need a different test to pick up stones. ...Read more
Some may not: Some kidney stones may not show on ultrasound .If the stones are less than 3mm the ultrasound exam may not be able to detect in some cases cat scan is the standard test used in us to diagnose kidney stones, but it does involve risk of radiation as compared to ultrasound. ...Read more
Depends: For renal stones (in kidney), ultrasound is usually adequate. Can also see dilation of the kidney when stone is blocking the outflow tube (ureter). For better clear picture and to see ureteral stones which are closer to bladder, ct scan is better. However, all ctscans must be considered carefully given the radiation exposure to the patient which ultrasound does not have. ...Read more
The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more
Solutes precipitate and combine to form stones formed of calcium oxalate usually around a nidus of uric acid. Other solutes that form stones are ca and mg phosphates, cystine, and uric acid staghorn calculi form in the presence of chronic urinary tract infections. Stones can be painful, may require ...Read more
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