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What is the difference between gall stones and kidney stones minerals?

What is the difference between gall stones and kidney stones minerals?

Big difference: Gall stones are most often composed of cholesterol and bile pigments whereas kidney stones are composed predominantly of calcium oxalate, but also calcium phosphate, uric acid, magnesium ammonium phosphate and rarely cystine. ...Read more

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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


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Is an MRI without contrast on the abdomen good at diagnosing pancreatitis, gall stones or blockage, kidney stones? Does. Contrast make a difference?

Is an MRI without contrast on the abdomen good at diagnosing pancreatitis, gall stones or blockage, kidney stones? Does. Contrast make a difference?

Not the 1st choice: Ultrasound is first imaging exam done for gallbladder problems. Ct without contrast for suspected kidney stones. Ct with contrast best for pancreas. The results of any imaging test should be evaluated in light of other lab (blood or urine) tests and your primary symptoms to accurately discover the problem. ...Read more

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What is effective for treating kidney stones and gall stones?

What is effective for treating kidney stones and gall stones?

Here are some...: The cause and treatment for kidney stone and gallstone are entirely not the related. There are 3 ways of treating kidney stones including ESWL, percutaneous nephrolithotripsy, & transureteroscopic laser lithotripsy, depending on the size of stone, renal anatomical structures, and the availability of professional proficiency and institutional facilities. For treating gallstones, laparoscopic... ...Read more

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Are kidney stones about as painful as it gets? More painful than gall stones?

Are kidney stones about as painful as it gets? More painful than gall stones?

It certainly can be.: Both conditions can cause variable and excruciating amounts of pain. Biliary colic is usually of a different character than renal colic caused by kidney stones. But as a physician who has treated patients suffering from kidney stone pain, it can be incredibly, debilitatingly painful--sometime even triggering uncontrollable vomiting for which the patient requires intravenous hydration. ...Read more

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What are the general treatments to remove gall stones or kidney stones? Thanks.

What are the general treatments to remove gall stones or kidney stones? Thanks.

Different: Gallstones are usually addressed by surgical removal of the gallbladder. Kidney stones usually pass on their own, particularly if temporarily put on an Alpha blocker to dilate the ureter. If not, lithotripsy can shatter it so it can pass, or a cystoscopic procedure can extract them. ...Read more

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I have a kidney stone and feel burning on the left side of my body, that's where it is. Keep thinking its pancreatic related. Don't drink/no gall stones?

I have a kidney stone and feel burning on the left side of my body, that's where it is. Keep thinking its pancreatic related. Don't drink/no gall stones?

Drink fluids: Msny people get kidney stones. Try drinking water, and fluids but avoid soda pop. The better hydrated the less likely to happen again. There is an app to help remind you to drink 8 glasses of water per day. Your more likely to have sharp pains as stone passes not burning. ...Read more

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Intermittent pain on left side/flank under rib and sometimes a Visible small muscle twitch below my sternum on left side. Gall stones No kidney stones?

Intermittent pain on left side/flank under rib and sometimes a Visible small muscle twitch below my sternum on left side. Gall stones No kidney stones?

It could be muscle: Strain, inflammation of the stomach or spleen etc. Gallstones or gallbladder and liver inflammation present with right upper quadrant pain, not left sided discomfort. Kidney pain is usually located at mid-back and a Urinalysis will show blood and/or pus cells. Go see your Dr for a thorough exam. God Bless you! ...Read more

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What is more painful, kidney stones or gallstones?

What is more painful, kidney stones or gallstones?

Kidney: Stones in the kidney are usually not painful or minimally painful. Stones passing into the ureter can cause ureteral colic which is generally considered one of the most severe pains a person can have. ...Read more

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Hello I have kidney stones and gallstones and the pain gettin worse but I don't have time to go the doctor these days how to cure it home?

Hello I have kidney stones and gallstones and the pain gettin worse but I don't have time to go the doctor these days how to cure it home?

No home cure.: Unfortunately there's no home remedy for kidney stones or gallstones. If your kidney stones are small enough, you may pass them on your own, but outside of that there's nothing you can take or do that will make them go away. ...Read more

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How can I avoid getting kidney stones or gallstones on a VLCD? Why causes these to occur? Is it the weight loss itself that causes this?

How can I avoid getting kidney stones or gallstones on a VLCD? Why causes these to occur? Is it the weight loss itself that causes this?

Stones and VLCD: Kidney stones should not occur on a VLCD if you drink plenty of liquids, and assuming you do not have an abnormality in calcium metabolism. Gallstones are different. Less food= less bile = sludge and small stones, which can occasionally cause colic. The risk is small, but ursodiol can prevent this. Talk to your doc. Gallstones are common; you may have before you start the diet. ...Read more

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Can gallstones, kidney stones, and/or pancreatic stones negatively affect breathing in any way?

Can gallstones, kidney stones, and/or pancreatic stones negatively affect breathing in any way?

Shouldn't: The precipitation of a variety of natural chemicals that form stones within abdominal organs have no affect on pulmonary function per se. The pain from those stones can cause someone to take shallow breaths however. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have kidney stones, my sister has gallstones & tonsil stones, & my dad had a salivary stone, was wondering if there could be a hereditary factor?

I have kidney stones, my sister has gallstones & tonsil stones, & my dad had a salivary stone, was wondering if there could be a hereditary factor?

No, coincidence: 4 different types of stones and all have different causes. Gallstones are compose of cholesterol + other bile products + caused by stasis. Other 3 are usually all calcium containing, although kidney stones can bo composed of uric acit or cystine any of which are in xs in urine. Tonsil stones r caused by bacteria in crypts of tonsils. Salivary stones from dehydration, poor diet, medications etc. ...Read more

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I was told I have gallstones when I had my kidney stone during a ultra sound by the nurse and sometimes I have bad cramps under my breast on my left.?

I was told I have gallstones when I had my kidney stone during a ultra sound by the nurse and sometimes I have bad cramps under my breast on my left.?

Unrelated: Almost 23% of the general population have asymptomatic gallbladder stones. Symptomatic cholelithiasis is associated with pain after eating in the epigastric/ right upper abdominal area in a person with gallstones on ultrasound. Your symptoms most likely are not related. I suggest you have it checked by your pcp. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a small kidney stone, CT showed liver calcification on right horn, and gallstones, my colesestal has also recently rose very high from last yr?

I have a small kidney stone, CT showed liver calcification on right horn, and gallstones, my colesestal has also recently rose very high from last yr?

See a doctor: Have your elevated cholesterol treated medically. Kidney stones are not related to cholesterol. Liver calcification is not related to cholesterol ; is observed unless it is associated with a mass lesion. Gallstones may be related to your cholesterol but they will not go away. Gallstones are observed unless they are causing abdominal pressure discomfort ; nausea after eating - then surgery. ...Read more

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Would an abdominal CT scan show ulcers, gallstones or hernia? They found kidney stone on left kidney but right side hurts to, could be back, or muscle, ?

Would an abdominal CT scan show ulcers, gallstones or hernia? They found kidney stone on left kidney but right side hurts to, could be back, or muscle, ?

It can, but not: Always. Endoscopy is best test for duodenal ulcers and ultrasound for gallstones and hernias not evident on physical examination. Yes, your right sided pain could be musculoskeletal in origin. Ask your doctor for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell the difference between a rock and a kidney stone?

Can you tell the difference between a rock and a kidney stone?

Same thing: A kidney "rock" is a kidney stone. We just don't call them rocks. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a UTI and a kidney stone?

What is the difference between a UTI and a kidney stone?

Infection/metabolic: A UTI is an infection caused by bacteria that crawl up inside the urethra and invade tissue. A kidney stone is a collection of crystals that clump together in the kidney then travel down the tubes into the bladder then out through the urethra. A kidney stone and an infection may co-exist. ...Read more

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Kidney Stone (Definition)

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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Gallstones (Definition)

Stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more