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History of kidney stones. Intermittent flank pain and pain below rib cage. No UTI symptoms, but home urine test showed 500+ leukocyte and no nitrate?

History of kidney stones.  Intermittent flank pain and pain below rib cage.  No UTI symptoms, but home urine test showed 500+ leukocyte and no nitrate?

Renal colic?: While technically speaking we should keep our mind open to other possibilities for your symptoms, they could be consistent with a passing kidney stone. The leukocytes could be suggestive of resultant inflammation. ...Read more

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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I was diagnosed with kidney stones lately and asked for my test results. The results worried me with a leukocyte of 13.7 and potassium of 3.3. Danger?

I was diagnosed with kidney stones lately and asked for my test results. The results worried me with a leukocyte of 13.7 and potassium of 3.3. Danger?

Possible: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, A potassium of 3.3 is lower than desirable. You may address it by drinking orange juice and eating bananas. Leukocyte count of 13.7 suggests infection. Both of these matters are best discussed with your doctor who knows more about your health. ...Read more

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Was sent for Urine test 8weeks after questionable very small kidney stones was sent for ?uti came back WBC 8 RBC 114 Casts 2 what does this mean?

Was sent for Urine test 8weeks after questionable very small kidney stones was sent for ?uti   came back    WBC 8 RBC 114 Casts 2 what does this mean?

Here are some...: If you remian asymptomatic 8 wks after possible tiny stone passage, the reported findings from current UA may still represent the resolving effect after stone passage.However, if urinalysis from properly collected urine specimen in 3 momths, still showed significant RBC & others, your urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder, & urethra) should be evaluated with adequate imaging study + cystoscopy. ...Read more

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Can having a kidney stone attack raise WBC to 15?

Can having a kidney stone attack raise WBC to 15?

Yes: The physiologic stress of passing a stone may do that. I would also be concerned about a UTI though ...Read more

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Ctscan minimal fluid in the cul-de-sac 2cm left ovarian cyst likely physiologic im 20 yrs old also my wbc is 21.5 I was at ER for kidney stone info?

Ctscan minimal fluid in the cul-de-sac 2cm left ovarian cyst likely physiologic im 20 yrs old also my wbc is 21.5 I was at ER for kidney stone info?

Elevated wbc: count suggests an inflammatory/infectious process. Minimal fluid in cul de sac and 2cm left ovarian cyst likely are incidental findings. None of the findings indicate kidney stones. ...Read more

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Im 20 had bloodwork wbc 21.5 Granulocytes 91.4 Lymphocyte 4.1Eosinophil 0.0 Granulocyte# 19.57 Lymp# 0.9 Mono# 0.9 had UTI & kidney stone worried WBC?

Im 20 had bloodwork wbc 21.5 Granulocytes 91.4 Lymphocyte 4.1Eosinophil 0.0 Granulocyte# 19.57 Lymp# 0.9 Mono# 0.9 had UTI &  kidney stone worried WBC?

High WBC due to Infe: The commonest reason for high WBC and Granulocyte counts is Infection. if you have UTI, that is the likely cause but the WBC count will come down soon after the infection has been controlled. If you want to be certain, then recheck your CBC/WBC and make sure that the counts have come down. You need to have your kidney stone removed, otherwise you are likely to get another UTI which can damage yr ...Read more

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My urinalysis results came back normal except: WBC Esterase 2+ WBC 11-30 Crystals: Amorphous Sediment I also have mild flank pain. Kidney stones?

My urinalysis results came back normal except:
WBC Esterase 2+ 
WBC 11-30
Crystals: Amorphous Sediment
I also have mild flank pain.  Kidney stones?

Crystaluria: You may have renal stones as this entity cannot be excluded, however, your findings may be due to crystals in urine. Try drinking enough water everyday so that your urine is colorless and repeat the test in 3-4 months. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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50+ days ago went to ER w/ kidney stone. CBC showed elevated WBC. ER & PCP doctor were not concerned. Is this normal? Makes me nervous about cancer.

50+ days ago went to ER w/ kidney stone. CBC showed elevated WBC. ER & PCP doctor were not concerned. Is this normal? Makes me nervous about cancer.

Many things elevate : The white cell count is elevated in response to many things including pain associated with a kidney stone. If the elevation was mild to moderate and the distribution of white cells was the expected distribution, then there is nothing to worry about. If it was severely elevated and with an unusual distribution of the different types of white cells then there is something to worry about. ...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)

Small, hard mineral deposits made of minerals and acid salts that form inside your kidneys. They can be extremely painful until they pass or are ...Read more