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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
A tough question: Yes, but these habits may be significant for some and not for others since people vary in food/fluid intake mix. Being chronically dehydrated, lots of dairy intake with recurrent utis and lots of ice tea is one example since the phosphate from dairy precipitates in alkaline urine. In short, adequate hydration and moderation in meals + citrus intake e.g. Limeade are good habits to fend off stones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good Question: It has to start somewhere. All the time i hear people tell me, "no one else in my family had diabetes or high blood pressure or asthma..." but sadly, sometimes diseases start in a healthy person. Tough to know why. Definitely catch a stone and have the urologoist evaluate the type of stone. ...Read more
Hello. I can't find any info on whether heating pads help with bladder stones. Does it? Or is there anything else I can do at home?
Very curable: Most bladder stones can be broken up into little pieces or dust by endoscopic laser or lithoclast lithotripsy (breaking up stone by laser or "jackhammer" type instrument passed via cystoscope). Broken pieces or "dust" can be irrigated, juctioned out or remaining small pieces grasped. Very large stones (> than an egg) are sometimes best removed by open surgery. Patient cured then prevent new ones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Since most stones contain calcium, they are usually visible on x-rays, similar to bony structures. The larger the stone, the more likely it is to be visible. Sometimes stones in the kidneys and bladder are obscured by gas or stool in the colon or rectum, especially of the stone is very small. ...Read more
Bladder stone: If you are in pain, have the stone removed. ...Read more
Surgery or not: If the gallstones are causing symptoms, then surgery to remove your gallbladder is an option. If a gallstone blocks the bile duct, then you may also need a procedure to remove stones from the bile duct (ercp). If you're not having symptoms, then you don't need to do anything. I'd recommend seeing a general surgeon to discuss your options. ...Read more
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