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Can You Die From Bladder Stone
If v.large/obstructs: Very unusual to die from bladder stone. Would have to remain untreated with huge bladder stone occupy the entire bladder and obstructingt inflow of urine. Or stone in a bladder diverticulum (outpouching) and obstructing ureter from single functioning kidney. I had a patient with neurogenic bladder + large grapefruit size bladder stone, weighing >2lbs, which would have killed her if left untreated. ...Read more
The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more
A tough question: Yes, but these habits may be significant for some and not for others since people vary in food/fluid intake mix. Being chronically dehydrated, lots of dairy intake with recurrent utis and lots of ice tea is one example since the phosphate from dairy precipitates in alkaline urine. In short, adequate hydration and moderation in meals + citrus intake e.g. Limeade are good habits to fend off stones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good Question: It has to start somewhere. All the time I hear people tell me, "no one else in my family had diabetes or high blood pressure or asthma..." but sadly, sometimes diseases start in a healthy person. Tough to know why. Definitely catch a stone and have the urologoist evaluate the type of stone. ...Read more
Very curable: Most bladder stones can be broken up into little pieces or dust by endoscopic laser or lithoclast lithotripsy (breaking up stone by laser or "jackhammer" type instrument passed via cystoscope). Broken pieces or "dust" can be irrigated, juctioned out or remaining small pieces grasped. Very large stones (> than an egg) are sometimes best removed by open surgery. Patient cured then prevent new ones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bladder stone: If you are in pain, have the stone removed. ...Read more
Yes.: Bladder stones can be visualized by cystoscopy. Stone removal, however, is more involved, requiring a procedure called cystolithalopaxy. It is similar to a cystoscopy, but requires general or spinal anesthesia since a larger rigid scope is required, and instruments to break up the stone may be needed. Very large stone may not be amenable to cystolithalopaxy, and require surgery. ...Read more
Needs surgery: Bladder stones are treated with surgery. A urologist looks into the bladder with a cystoscope (telescope) and can use a laser to fragment the stone into small pieces. These are then removed via the cystoscope. He/she will also determine the cause of the stone — usually obstruction or a foreign body in the bladder and offer appropriate treatment. ...Read more
67 years old male with bladder stone measuring 2.8 CM or 28 mm. What are the consequences if does not get a cystolithotripsy done and live with it?
Here are some ...: If he has not had much problem in urination or recurrent UTI, is able to empty bladder reasonable well, and has no suspicion of bladder tumor on imaging studies (CT or US), it's reasonable to just watch if he and his family understand the facts and are willing to wait. If not or in concern, remove it and perform other procedures to help bladder emptying as needed after checking residual urine, etc ...Read more
Stone in bladder: Bladder stones are typically found in people who have difficulty emptying the bladder (retention of urine) and chronic urinary tract infections. Can also be found in those with bladder abnormalities such as diverticulum. Bladder stones are generally treated with an endoscopic procedure using a laser to fragment the stone. Occasionally, if stone is large, it may be removed with abdominal surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wait and see.: The presence of gallstones in the absence of symptoms does not warrant gallbladder surgery. In fact, most people with "silent" gallstones will never develop symptoms, as high as 75% of the time. I advise my patients to be familiar with the symptoms of gallbladder disease and return if these develop. While surgery is safe and easy, it is not risk-free; in this situation, doing nothing is safest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to tell: You haven't described any symptoms.Get a more detailed answer ›
Gallstone: Just the presence of a gallstone on a study in and of itself is not an indication for surgery. Symptoms of recurrent upper abdominal discomfort with gas bloating & nausea after eating, painful yellow jaundice, recurrent vomiting after eating, abnormal liver blood tests; each can be an indication for surgery. Discuss and review your symptoms with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If symptomatic: Gallstones not causing any symptoms, such as being found incidentally during an abdominal ultrasound or ct performed for another reason usually do not require surgery. On the other hand, gallstone pain is a very strong indication for cholecystectomy (surgical removal of gallbladder) which nowadays is invariably performed laparoscopically. ...Read more
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