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Dr. George Klauber
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Can you die from kidney stones?

Dr. George Klauber
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Can you die from kidney stones?

From renal failure: Obstructing kidney tones on both sides or one side if there is a single functioning kidney can lead to renal failure, and if untreated to death. Enlarging metabolic or infectious staghorn stones occupying all drainage space within kidney will gradually destroy the organ and untreated lead to kidney failure and death. Hence large or enlarging kidney stones should be removed and then prevented. ...Read more

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Dr. George Klauber
Board Certified, Pediatric Urology
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Can I die from kidney stones if I ignore it?

Dr. George Klauber
Board Certified, Pediatric Urology
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Can I die from kidney stones if I ignore it?

Yes -kidney failure: Uremia, azotemia all terms for kidney failure.This can occur if you have blockage of either a solitary functioning kidney, or stones blocking both kidneys or ureters. Staghorn calculi, stones that mimic horns can occupy entire kidney collecting system and be silent non symptomatic killers. Most stones are symptomatic, not all. Combination of obstructing stones & proximal infection can be lethal. ...Read more

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Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
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Is it possible for you to die from kidney stone?

Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
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Is it possible for you to die from kidney stone?

Kidney stone: You can if the stone produces obstruction and the blocked kidney gets infected causing bacteria to enter the blood stream causing sepsis that if not treated promptly can kill you. ...Read more

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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
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Can a person die from having kidney stones?

Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
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Can a person die from having kidney stones?

Theoretically: If the stones cause both kidneys to become totally obstructed and you were not treated i guess you could succumb to renal failure. ...Read more

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Dr. Grant Linnell
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Could having multiple kidney stones cause death?

Dr. Grant Linnell
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Could having multiple kidney stones cause death?

It's possible: Having multiple kidney stones can cause blockage of the urine drainage, infection and even kidney failure. So, in theory, yes, you could die from multiple kidney stones but this would be unusual. ...Read more

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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What are the tests for kidney stone?

Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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What are the tests for kidney stone?

Several: There are several tests used. The best test is the ct scan but has a lot of radiation. In addition, a kub x-ray, kidney ultrasound, and urinalysis are also used as adjunctive tests. ...Read more

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Dr. David Dang
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What exactly happens when a kidney stone passes out of the kidney?

Dr. David Dang
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See below: When a stone passes out from the kidney it goes into the ureter which is a tube connecting the kidney to the urinary bladder. Depending on the size of the stone, it may either stay in the ureter and cause obstruction (with pain & blood in urine) or passes into the urinary bladder. From the urinary bladder it may eventually pass through the urethra to the outside. ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Adler
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Kidney stone attack - how to deal with it at home?

Dr. Howard Adler
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Kidney stone attack - how to deal with it at home?

Several things: Have your physician confirm the diagnosis. You should drink a lot of water. Your physician will prescribe pain medication and may also prescribe a medication like Flomax which may help the stone pass. Go to the hospital if you have fever, cannot tolerate the pain, or if you are vomiting and cannot drink. Stain your urine - you may use disposable coffee filters and save the stone. ...Read more

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Dr. Ivan Colon
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What to do about a kidney stone and pain?

Dr. Ivan Colon
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What to do about a kidney stone and pain?

Medicate and Hydrate: Whenever you are passing a stone, flank pain may ensue (associated nausea and vomiting). Usually fever, malaise , chills, rigors & weakness are not good signs & are usually associated with sepsis and you should receive urgent/emergent care. Small stones can be allow to pass by taking pain medications, hydration and Flomax (to dilate ureter). ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Sarle
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How much will it hurt to pass a 3mm kidney stone? How long is the pain going to last?

Dr. Richard Sarle
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Stone pain: Even small stone can cause tremendous pain....3mm stone has 70-80% chance of passing without doctor intervention...But still painful.. ...Read more

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