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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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How common are kidney transplants?

How common are kidney transplants?

~17,000 a year in US: In 2013, there were 16,895 kidney transplants in the U.S. About 11,000 of them were deceased donor kidney transplants; the rest were living donor transplants. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of kidney stones?

What are common symptoms of kidney stones?

Flank pain: The most common symptom of kidney stones is pain in the back radiating to the groin and sometimes with blood in urine. ...Read more

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How painful are kidney stones while passing?

How painful are kidney stones while passing?

Very: Because of the innervation of the ureter from multiple spinal cord levels, the pain associated with ureteral spasm or colic is some of the most intense pain known. ...Read more

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What are causes of kidney stones?

What are causes of  kidney stones?

Metabolic issue.: Kidney stones are initiated by metabolic derangements in the handling of urinary oxalate, uric acid or calcium, for example. These derangements can be hereditary, and they allow for crystals of these substances to form. These crystals serve as a nidus for stone creation. ...Read more

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How are liver stones treated?

How are liver stones treated?

ERCP: Stones may form within intrahepatic bile ducts that are present within the liver. An ERCP is an endoscopic procedure that can sometimes remove these stones. If unsuccessful, surgery may be warranted. ...Read more

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Other than kidney stones, what are some causes for kidney pain?

Other than kidney stones, what are some causes for kidney pain?

Pyelonephritis,: Congenital or acquired ureteropelvic junction obstruction, kidney cyst or cysts, kidney abscess, obstructing kidney tumor, retroperitoneal fibrosis, uretero-vesical juction obstruction, severe vesico-ureteral reflux. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of kidney stones?

Flank pain: Kidney stones can result in numerous symptoms including pain on side/back/groin, nausea/vomitting, blood in urine. Could have fever if associated with an infection. Most common symptom would be flank pain, that may come-and-go. If you are concerned you may have a stone, you should be seen by a physician soon. ...Read more

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How common is gall stones in children?

How common is gall stones in children?

Extremely rare : Symtomatic gallbladder disease is extremely rare, in medicine we never say never, but in 20 years of pediatrics practice I have never seen this in an 8 year old without significant congenital underlying anatomic GI disorder. That said, as a med student in Kentucky, during trauma rotation, I felt a gallbladder full of stones in a teen who was opened for exploration after car wreck. Poor diet... ...Read more

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Polycystic kidney disease and kidney stones, are they related?

Polycystic kidney disease and kidney stones, are they related?

Kidney stones: No but they can occur together. Cysts in the kidneys are not necessarily polycystic kidneys which is an inherited familiar disease. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of kidney stones ?

What are symptoms of kidney stones ?

Stones in kidney : May exist with no symptoms, may produce flank ache or more pain below lower rib, may generate pain down the flank to groin, may irritate bladder and urethra. May produce visible blood in urine, may produce only microscopic blood. If infection coexists, then fever and more anterior flank pain. Occasionally najusea and vomiting. Stone movement is very painful. ...Read more

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What are bladder stones? How are they treated?

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What are bladder stones? How are they treated?

It is a concrete...: Bladder stone is a concrete resulting from continual deposition on a debris or particle such as a stone passed into bladder from kidney or from a foreign body. Normally, such small particle should be passed through urethra, but for those with inability to empty bladder, such particles become the nidus to lay-by-layer form a concrete - stone, which can be removed surgically, & prevented by eliminat ...Read more

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Can u see kidney stones on x-ray? What are signs of kidney stone?

Can u see kidney stones on x-ray? What are signs of kidney stone?

Sometimes: If the stone is in the kidney it may cause blood in the urine.If it passes into the ureter (tube that connects the kidney to the bladder ,it can cause pain,often severe,any where from the flank to the groin. ...Read more

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How often do kidney stones recur?

It depends: If you have only had 1 stone, the risk is about 50% if you have had more than one, the risk goes higher. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of kidney stones?

What are symptoms of kidney stones?

Pain: Small kidney stones can cause an achy feeling in your back or actually no symptoms. However when the kidney stones enlarge, they can cause blood in the urine, excruriating pain and possibly infections. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of kidney stones?

What are some symptoms of kidney stones?

Backpain: Kidney stones cause back and flank pain, bloody urine and can lead to a urinary tract infection. Most women describe the pain as excruriating as giving birth. ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in having a kidney stone?

What symptoms are common in having a kidney stone?

See below: Kidney stones may not cause symptoms until they move around or into the ureters. Pain is typically on the side (flank) and radiate to the groin, comes in wave & fluctuates in intensity (so called renal colic), or painful urination. Fevers & chills may occur if there is infection. The urine may change in color (pink, red, brown), becomes cloudy or foul smelling. ...Read more

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How common are UTI with stents?

How common are UTI with stents?

UTI: Any time that you place a foreign body in an area which is potentially open to the outside there will be a risk of secondary infection. ...Read more

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What are common bile duct stones? Are they serious?

What are common bile duct stones? Are they serious?

Yes: Common bile dict stones ate similar to gallstones but can be dangerous as they can cause blockage resulting in infections such as cholangitis and pancreatitis. ...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


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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