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What causes kidney stones? Is it hereditary? My mom had them and now my brother.

What causes kidney stones?  Is it hereditary?  My mom had them and now my brother.

Risk factors: Risks include: family or personal history of kidney stones, being an adult over 40, being male, dehydration, diet that's high-protein, high-sodium and high-sugar, gastric bypass surgery, inflammatory bowel disease or chronic diarrhea. Diseases that may increase your risk of kidney stones include renal tubular acidosis, cystinuria, hyperparathyroidism and certain urinary tract infections. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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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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My mom had x-rays for her kidney stones 3 months ago an she passed 2 out of 3. But now she is having lower right back pain, nauseous and she is puking?

My mom had x-rays for her kidney stones 3 months ago an she passed 2 out of 3. But now she is having lower right back pain, nauseous and she is puking?

Stone?: Sounds like it could be kidney stone # 3 although quite difficult to say anything with such limited info. If she does not pass this quickly she may need hep with pain control. Any fever or serious signs should prompt visit to emergency room. A lot of what happens depends upon the size and location of the stone. ...Read more

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My mom had a kidney stone surgery before 10 days.after surgery the stone didn't broke .stone went to pelvis.now bit fever.now ESR rate goes to 43.why ?

My mom had a kidney stone surgery before 10 days.after surgery the stone didn't broke .stone went to pelvis.now bit fever.now ESR rate goes to 43.why ?

Here are some…: Running fever after all stone-related procedures warrants an urgent evaluation and counseling to make sure of no ureteral obstruction, which requires a timely relief with procedure. So, go to see Dr. as soon as possible. Best wish… ...Read more

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My mom is diagnosed with a 1.2cm kidney stone.. Do we need to worry??

My mom is diagnosed with a 1.2cm kidney stone.. Do we need to worry??

Why worry?: Worrying accomplishes nothing. She needs to get it managed. Is she a candidate to have the stone broken up? To be treated for an infection? Is it one of those big ones that will probably just stay put and never cause trouble? Find out more about it. ...Read more

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Is it normal to throw up blood while passing a kidney stone? My mom has had kidney stones twice recently and threw up blood.

Is it normal to throw up blood while passing a kidney stone? My mom has had kidney stones twice recently and threw up blood.

Passing a stone: Passing a kidney stone often creates nausea and vomiting; blood with emesis is not usual and indicates irritation or even a small "tear" in the stomach mucosa or esophagus mucosa; this is an occurrence that can happen with wretching - severe stimulus to vomit; the wretch can tear the mucosa a bit; the remedy: medication to reduce urge to vomit, like compazine; and a "coating" med like sulcralfate ...Read more

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My brother's heart stopped after 80% kidney stone surgery as per doctors and now treatment on that is going on. Can u please explain why that happened?

My brother's heart stopped after 80% kidney stone surgery as per doctors and now treatment on that is going on. Can u please explain why that happened?

Anesthesia, probably: I am not clear on what a "80% kidney stone" means, but usually, cardiac arrest during a procedure is related to anesthesia or medications given around the time of sedation. It is more likely if you have heart problems to begin with (heart disease, heart failure, etc.) But, sometimes, bad luck happens even in the hospital, so it could have been timing. Best wishes, hope all goes OK the 2nd time. ...Read more

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My paternal grandma died of kidney disease. Is that hereditary? My dad has kidney stones and now i do.

My paternal grandma died of kidney disease.  Is that hereditary?  My dad has kidney stones and now i do.

Inherited problem: Sounds to me like there is something hereditary going on here. Of the things that are inherited with this pattern, automsomal dominant polycystic kidney disease is the most likely (seehttp://kidney.Niddk.Nih.Gov/kudiseases/pubs/polycystic/). The tendency for kidney stones also runs in families. My advice: see your doctor and get yourself checked very thoroughly. ...Read more

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I've had a 6mm kidney stone for over a month with side pain. Could that have already caused damage? And now the pain is no longer in my side but lower

I've had a 6mm kidney stone for over a month with side pain. Could that have already caused damage? And now the pain is no longer in my side but lower

Yes: If the 6 mm stone has been in your ureter for that long, it is a problem. If the stone is actually in your kidney and nonobstructing, having in there for six weeks is not significant. ...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


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