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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 there a connection between kidney stones and hydronephrosis!?

Is there a connection between kidney stones and hydronephrosis!?

Yes primary & 2ndary: 1) stone blocking kidney pelvis (urinary funnel) or ureter can cause kidney to swell from effects of back pressure. Hydronephrosis thus 2ndary. 2) congenital or primary hydronephrosis causes urinary stasis (like stagnation) giving dissolved calcium & other salts a chance to precipitate and develop into kidney stones. Also is easier for infection stones to develop. Stone formation is secondary. ...Read more

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What is the difference kidney calculus and kidney calculi?

What is the difference kidney calculus and kidney calculi?

"Calculi": is the plural of "calculus", so the former implies multiple kidney stones, and the latter a single stone. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between ovarian cysts and kidney stones?

Is there any connection between ovarian cysts and kidney stones?

No: None, but there are associated congenital kidney malformations that are often associated with certain types of ovarian cysts. ...Read more

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What is the difference in pain intensity between liver damage and kidney stones?

What is the difference in pain intensity between liver damage and kidney stones?

Considerable: Kidney stones can cause significant pain as they either block (obstruct) the urine flow and cause pressure to build up, or simply by moving down the ureter (they are often very sharp). On the other hand, "liver damage" (and i don't know what you mean by that) should not cause any pain. Gallstones might cause pain in your right upper quadrant but this is not liver damage. ...Read more

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Is there a correlation between hypothyroidism/Hashimoto's disease and kidney stones?

Is there a correlation between hypothyroidism/Hashimoto's disease and kidney stones?

No: but theoretically taking thyroid replacement can increase urinary excretion of calcium- but this is just theoretical. ...Read more

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Is the difference of bladder stone and kidney stone quite different to tell?

Is the difference of bladder stone and kidney stone quite different to tell?

Yes: A kidney stone sits in the collecting system of the kidney. A bladder stone sits in the inside of the bladder. It is easy to tell the difference. ...Read more

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What is difference between pancreas and gallbladder?

What is difference between pancreas and gallbladder?

Different organs: Pancreas is an organ behind the stomach & has 2 main functions - releases enzymes into the small intestine for digestion & releases Insulin into the blood stream for blood sugar management. Gallbladder is under the liver, connected to the bile duct & squeezes extra bile into the small intestine for digestion. Can easily live without a gallbladder, not so with the very important pancreas. ...Read more

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What is the difference between multicystic kidneys and polycystic kidney disease?

What is the difference between multicystic kidneys and polycystic kidney disease?

Multi vs poly kidney: Multicystic kidney is usually a developmental anomaly of the kidney, usually unilateral and is due to the renal tissue not connecting to the developing urogenital tissue. Usually the kidney does not function, and presents during birth or early childhood. Polycystic kidneys are inherited and usually are functional but eventually will cause progressive renal failure depending on the severity. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the causes of gall bladder stones and kidney stones?

I was wondering what are the causes of gall bladder stones and kidney stones?

Not related: They are not really related metabolically or anatomically. Gall bladder stones occur in part of the gastrointestinal tract and often contain high concentrations of bile and cholesterol. Kidney stones occur in the urinary tract and often contain calcium and minerals excreted by the kidney. ...Read more

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What is the difference between kidney disease and chronic kidney problems?

What is the difference between kidney disease and chronic kidney problems?

Not one infection: Usually one kidney infection does not cause decrease in function of kidneys. Bilateral disease of kidneys usually on chronic basis causes reduction in renal function. Chronic kidney disease can be related to infection, hypertension, congenital cystic disease, certain medications, diabetes, glomerulonephritis etc. Usually detailed history, examination , and perhaps testing may narrow cause. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between gallbladder and liver pain?

How to differentiate between gallbladder and liver pain?

Gallbladder pain: is USUALLY epigastric and right upper quadrant, after fatty meals, and last 6-8 hours. Liver pain is USUALLY more diffuse in right upper quadrant and lower chest, constant, and not related to meals. But frequently it is impossible to tell the difference. See your doctor for specific advice in your case. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between well distended gallbladder and partially distended gallbladder?

Whats the difference between well distended gallbladder and partially distended gallbladder?

As loaded barrel: Gall bladder contracts and empties the bile with fatty meal , physiological distended gb is filled to the capacity , ready to empty after meal results in partially distended half filled gb. Distends in disease also as stone blocks cystic duct ( hydrops ) or tumor in head of pancreas. ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged kidney and kidney stones?

What causes an enlarged kidney and kidney stones?

Obstruction.: A kidney that is obstructed by a kidney stone can swell in a condition called hydronephrosis. This can, over time, affect the function of the kidney. Kidney stones can form when solutes in the urine come out of solution. The exact cause in an individual is usually not known, but there is likely a genetic component and known risk factors such as dehydration, high-salt, high-protein diet. ...Read more

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What is the difference between kidney nephrosis & kidney necrosis?

What is the difference between kidney nephrosis & kidney necrosis?

Protein: necrosis refers to the death of cells, usually tubular kidney cells, also found though are vascular necrosis with vasculitis and glomerulonephrtis. Nephrosis refers to the presence of lots of protein in the urine. ...Read more

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What could explain the difference in pain intensity, eg between liver damage or kidney stones?

What could explain the difference in pain intensity, eg between liver damage or kidney stones?

Lower abs: All exercises can help with abs. Hold tight in abdomen during exercise. Ask a trainer about core exercises. ...Read more

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Is there a correlation between Gilbert's syndrome and gall stones?

Is there a correlation between Gilbert's syndrome and gall stones?

Gilbert's syndrome. : Gilbert's syndrome does not cause gallstones. The two may coexist, but one does not cause the other. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how kidney stone and gallstone differ?

Can you please tell me how kidney stone and gallstone differ?

Wow: One in kidney and other in gallbladder undersurface of liver and stores bile, gall stones mostly cholesterlol type stone, kidney mostly uric acid type od calcium stone i mightbe wrong on types. ...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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Can kidney stone kill a person ? and can an four year old get kidney stone and gallbladder stones ?

Can kidney stone kill a person ? and can an four year old get kidney stone and gallbladder stones ?

Yes to all: This sounds like a very serious situation and this child needs to be under the care of a competent pediatric urologist to find the cause of the kidney stone. Gallstones can be lethal as well; in a child, the workup should include a check for ongoing hemolysis, even low-level. ...Read more

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Hello i have kidney stones and gallstones and the pain gettin worse but i dont 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 dont have time to go the doctor these days how to cure it home 
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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?

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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Can gallbladder stones be mistaken for kidney stones? Ct scan shows stones er doc wasn’t to worried now I’m home cryin in pain and gassy

Can gallbladder stones be mistaken for kidney stones? Ct scan shows stones er doc wasn’t to worried now I’m home cryin in pain and gassy

No: Stones can be visualized with an ultrasound or CT scan, sometimes even a plain Xray. The stones would be in one organ or the other and cannot be confused with each other. ...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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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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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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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 is effective for treating kidney stones and gall stones?

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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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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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Recently I have been identified with Gall & kidney stone. Kidney stone is cleared after flush therapy. Gall stone any medicine available. ?

Sort of: There is a medicine called Actigall (ursodiol) that helps some people. It only works on certain types of gallstones, and if it works, it is needed for life because the stones will re-form if it is stopped. Nothing is necessary if you are not having problems with it though. Most people who have symptoms decide to have the GB removed. ...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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Could a gall stone be mistaken for a kidney stone on a CT scan.?

Could a gall stone be mistaken for a kidney stone on a CT scan.?

No.: Ct scans precisely define the anatomy of different organs in the abdominal cavity. I can safely state that it would be impossible to confuse a gallstone from a kidney stone on a ct scan. ...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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Kidney Stones (Definition)

A condition in which small, hard mineral deposits made of minerals and acid salts form inside the kidneys.They can be extremely painful until they pass or are broken up ...Read more