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How Long Do Bladder Stones Stay In Your Body
The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more
Grow from nidus/seed: Which can be tiny stone formed in & kidney, mucus in bladder if enlarged with bowel or foreign body e.g. Indwelling catheter. Plus incomplete bladder emptying & urinary calcium, phosphate, uric acid etc come out of solution, attach to seed & stone enlarges. Treated by cystoscopic laser or lithoclast (like mini jack-hammer) which breaks up stone. Occasionally open surgical removal if very large. ...Read more
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
Depends: In developing nations bladder stones are common in children because of dehydration and low protein diets. In developed nations they are more common in those over age 30, particularly men. Urinary obstruction, concentrated urine and neurogenic bladder contribute. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Varies individually: Gallstones can be asymptomatic. If concurrent inflammation occurs can have right upper quadrant pain, nausea, vomiting, back pain, sometimes chest pain, often related to eating fat containing foods. Sometimes stone if large enough and obstruct gall bladder duct or common bile duct. Jaundice may result form common bile duct obstruction. If symptomatic should consult your doctor. ...Read more
If v.large/obstructs: Very unusual to die from bladder stone. Would have to remain untreated with huge bladder stone occupy the entire bladder and obstructingt inflow of urine. Or stone in a bladder diverticulum (outpouching) and obstructing ureter from single functioning kidney. I had a patient with neurogenic bladder + large grapefruit size bladder stone, weighing >2lbs, which would have killed her if left untreated. ...Read more
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