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Dr. James Krick
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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Seriously- renal stones are the result of postive and negatively charged particles in urine binding together and precipitating as solids- most frequently as calcium- oxalate. This happens most often when the urine is concentrated- ie when you are dehydrated. And trying to pass these stones from the kidney to the bladder is incredibly painful. ...Read more


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I have a 5 mm kidney stone lodged in my urterer, and it has been there for over 4 months. can my kidney have damage?

I have a 5 mm kidney stone lodged in my urterer, and it has been there for over 4 months. can my kidney have damage?

Kidney stone: Yes, chronic urinary tract obstruction from an impacted kidney stone can cause kidney damage. Please drink plenty of fluids, strain all urine, and see your physician for a urology referral if not already done to prevent future problems like infection, more stones, hypertension, and kidney failure. Hopefully, it is only a partial obstruction, which isn't as serious, but still worrisome. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a kidney stone stuck for 3 years cause more damage?

It depends: The location of the stone is important. If the kidney stone is stuck in the ureter (tube connecting kidney to bladder) and blocking urine flow, the kidney can be damaged from the pressure of urine backing up. If these stones don't pass, see the doc. If a kidney stone is sitting inside the kidney itself (in the renal pelvis), it could sit in that location for years without causing any problems. ...Read more

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How long can a kidney stone be stuck in my ureter before any damage is done?

How long can a kidney stone be stuck in my ureter before any damage is done?

Difficult to say: In studies on dogs in the past, if a kidney was completely blocked, there was some irreversible damage that stated to occur at 2 weeks. If the obstruction is not 100%, you probably have longer before seeing any permanent effects on the kidney. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones permanently damage the kidney?

Can kidney stones permanently damage the kidney?

Yes: Depending on the size of the stones, they can can obstruction of drainage of the urine, and worst case scenario end-stage renal disease. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones do any perment damage on any part of my body?

Can kidney stones do any perment damage on any part of my body?

Slight chance: If kidney stones are either due to chronic (longterm) infection in the kidney or if they cause the ureter to be blocked, then yes, they can cause long term damage to the kidney. You should consult with your urologist to see if the proper tests have been done to check for these conditions. ...Read more

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How long before a kidney stone causes permanent kidney damage?

How long before a kidney stone causes permanent kidney damage?

Stones: It really depends on where the stone is. Some stones last for years and never cause any issues. Others, especially those that obstruct the ureters, can cause blockage to the outflow of urine and result in kidney damage. It can start causing scaring of the kidney in a few weeks. If both ureters are blocked, you can go into acute renal failure in a few days (usually temporary). ...Read more

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I've had a 6mm kidney stone for over a month with side pain. Could that have already caused damage? And now the pain is no longer in my side but lower

I've had a 6mm kidney stone for over a month with side pain. Could that have already caused damage? And now the pain is no longer in my side but lower

Yes: If the 6 mm stone has been in your ureter for that long, it is a problem. If the stone is actually in your kidney and nonobstructing, having in there for six weeks is not significant. ...Read more

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When before a kidney stone causes kidney damage?

When before a kidney stone causes kidney damage?

It may: Sit in the kidney and never cause damage. However, if the stone obstructs the urine draining from the kidney and doesn't pass it can, over time, cause kidney damage. Infected and obstructed kidneys can become damaged quickly. ...Read more

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7.4mm kidney stone causing mild hydroneprosis in right kidney?It can cause damage to kidney?

Yes: You already have mild enlargement of the kidney - that is what hydronephroiss is. Over a long period of time, a blocking stone can lead to infections and decrease in kidney function. It is best to talk with a good urologist as to what the best plan is for your individual case - whether the stone needs to be removed, or if they are comfortable just following it over time. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Seriously- renal stones are the result of postive and negatively charged particles in urine binding together and precipitating as solids- most frequently as calcium- oxalate. This happens most often when the urine is concentrated- ie when you are dehydrated. And trying to pass these stones from the kidney to the bladder is incredibly painful. ...Read more


Kidney (Definition)

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