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How dod doctors check for kidney stones?

How dod doctors check for kidney stones?

From an imaging: standpoint, ultrasound and/or CT are the most appropriate tests. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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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Is it true that kidney stones can cause growing and back pain? How do doctors check for kidney stones?

Is it true that kidney stones can cause growing and back pain? How do doctors check for kidney stones?

Kidney stones: can cause severe pain in back, flank, and groin, depending on where it is passing. It can also cause ureteral obstruction and kidney infection. Diagnosis is made by checking for blood in urine and imaging tests such as ultrasound and sometimes CT scan. ...Read more

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Had CT scan w/o contrast of kidneys to check for kidney stones and it came back normal. Would tumors and cysts also have shown up on the CT scan i had?

Had CT scan w/o contrast of kidneys to check for kidney stones and it came back normal. Would tumors and cysts also have shown up on the CT scan i had?

Yes but: Kidney tumors and cysts will show on a non-contast CT scan.However if there is a hyperdense cyst(due to hemorrhagic proteinaceous material in it) it cannot be distinguished from tumor without contrast. When contrast is given,a tumor will enhance(it will appear white)but a cyst will not enhance.I don't think you need to worry about tumor at age 33.Extremely rare.I'm glad you had no stones. ...Read more

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Would it be weird if I passed up a CT scan and requested a sonogram instead to check for kidney stones?

Would it be weird if I passed up a CT scan and requested a sonogram instead to check for kidney stones?

Not necessarily...: Ct is the most sensitive test to look for kidney stones. Very small stones or stones outside the kidney (i.e., in the ureters or pelvis) can be missed by ultrasound. If worried about radiation, there is a low dose protocol for ct that can be used to look for stones. The amount of radiation exposure for low dose ct is about the same as a plain x-ray. Ask the imaging center if they perform this. ...Read more

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I had a kidney stone. Do I need to get checked by urologist?

I had a kidney stone. Do I need to get checked by urologist?

Kidney Stones: I presume that you passed your kidney stone. What is more important is to find out why you are forming kidney stones. Please have your primary care physician to refer you to a nephrologist who is a kidney stone expert. Kidney stone work-up usually involves having 24 hr urine collections to see why you are forming stones. ...Read more

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I had a kidney stone removed in dec on left side niw right is feeling dull pain, would they have checked both kidneys then?

Yes,...: Nowadays, standard imaging study is ct scan with or without contrast, which will show 3-dimensional projections of both kidneys with highest accuracy than ever, of course, no test yields 100%. At to dull pain newly developing on right side, it's hard to say if it's stone-related or not without detailed history, physicals, and new imaging study since non-moving non-obstructing stone has no symptom. ...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


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