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Doctor insights on: What Happens When 4mm Kidney Stones Dont Pass

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Can I have eswl done on a 4mm kidney stone? I do not want to pass it myself.Can i request to have eswl?

Can I have eswl done on a 4mm kidney stone? I do not want to pass it myself.Can i request to have eswl?

Yes, possible, but..: If the 4-mm stone is indeed inside kidney, before proceeding with rx, one would need to review prior hx of stone passage if being a recurrent stone former so to decide if it's worthwhile to intervene, since some 75-85% of that size would travel through ureter in 2 wks. The focus of care is how to minimize suffering and cost. Eswl can be done, but necessary? ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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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I have a kidney stone and i don't think I have the pain thresh hold to pass it would they do surgery to remove it?

I have a kidney stone and i don't think I have the pain thresh hold to pass it would they do surgery to remove it?

Depends upon: Size of stone, location, presence or absence of blockage & degree of pain. Best to discuss your individual case with your urologist. ...Read more

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What happens after my kidney stone passes?

You feel better: There will probably be some residual soreness. Any blood in the urine will gradually clear and you will feel better. ...Read more

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What happens when a kidney stone is too big to pass?

What happens when a kidney stone is too big to pass?

Kidney Boulder: Your doctor may recommend a procedure called extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (swl). Swl uses sound waves to create strong vibrations (shock waves) that break the stones into tiny pieces that can be passed in your urine. If that doesn't work then the stone can be surgically removed using small telescopes and instruments inserted through a small incision in your back. ...Read more

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What exactly happens when a kidney stone passes out of the kidney?

What exactly happens when a kidney stone passes out of the kidney?

See below: When a stone passes out from the kidney it goes into the ureter which is a tube connecting the kidney to the urinary bladder. Depending on the size of the stone, it may either stay in the ureter and cause obstruction (with pain & blood in urine) or passes into the urinary bladder. From the urinary bladder it may eventually pass through the urethra to the outside. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when a kidney stone passes out of the kidney?

Could you tell me what happens when a kidney stone passes out of the kidney?

It either : Passes down the ureter to the bladder and out the urethra or it gets stuck and causes obstruction along its course. If it gets stuck and causes obstruction pain is usually produced. Blood in the urine is also commonly seen. Rarely, obstruction can be accompanied by infection. ...Read more

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What would happen if a kidney stone was too big to pass but it went untreated?

What would happen if a kidney stone was too big to pass but it went untreated?

Depends: A large kidney stone that does not pass may obstruct the flow of urine from the kidney to the bladder, causing the "urine collecting system" of the kidney to dilate or expand. If this happens for a prolonged period, damage to the kidney may result, decreasing its overall function. Stones more than 5 mm may need treatment and should be addressed by a urologist. ...Read more

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I first had a kidney stone when I was 14 then recently at 19. Both times I didn't pass them and I believe it was both kidneys. What could happen?

I first had a kidney stone when I was 14 then recently at 19. Both times I didn't pass them and I believe it was both kidneys. What could happen?

Pass or stuck: your kidney stone will pass eventually , but that depend on the size and location. if it is inside the kidney, a piece might brake off and try to pass with the urine. if it is sitting in the lip of the kidney, then if it is too large it might cause some king of obstruction which is painful, and could be dangerous. you need to see a urologist to check about the status of your kidney function. ...Read more

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What is the most effective method for removing 2 kidney stones--4 mm and 5 mm in my right kidney? I don't want to just wait for them to possibly pass.

What is the most effective method for removing 2 kidney stones--4 mm and 5 mm in my right kidney? I don't want to just wait for them to possibly pass.

Lithotripsy: Small kidney stones of 5mm can be crushe to facilitate passing it out. If located in lower 1/3 ureter, a ureteroscopic removal can be don while large stones in the kidney may need surgery. Good luck and discuss with your urologist best option. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't pass a kidney stone? I have had no pain no problems urinating it's been about a year . What happens to the stone?

Follow Up: Some people have kidney stones and do not even know about it, till it get bigger and damages the kidney. Please follow up with your doctor to see if the kidney stone is growing in size or has resolved. Good Luck. ...Read more

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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


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