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What is worse a kidney stone or a kidney infection?

What is worse a kidney stone or a kidney infection?

Comparative severity: Both are nobody's idea of fun. Kidney stones can result in secondary uti. Kidney infections often require long periods of antibiotic therapy and can potentially produce severe damage. Depending on the cause of stones they can represent disease elsewhere (i.e., hyperparathyroidism, etc.). Would not rate them since both are potentially severe. ...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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Kidney stone - what will happen if kidney stone left unremoved.Aside from pain would it cause kidney failure or other complications.?

Kidney stone - what will happen if kidney stone left unremoved.Aside from pain would it cause kidney failure or other complications.?

Kidney stone: It depends on where the stone is. If it ends up blocking the tube that leads out of the kidney or from the bladder, it can cause further pain and can lead to kidney disease (from obstruction). Some stones can cause scaring in the kidneys. Often stones will pass on their own with enough hydration if they are small enough. If not, they may need to be removed or broken up. ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged kidney and kidney stones?

What causes an enlarged kidney and kidney stones?

Obstruction.: A kidney that is obstructed by a kidney stone can swell in a condition called hydronephrosis. This can, over time, affect the function of the kidney. Kidney stones can form when solutes in the urine come out of solution. The exact cause in an individual is usually not known, but there is likely a genetic component and known risk factors such as dehydration, high-salt, high-protein diet. ...Read more

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How do I prevent kidney stones or kidney infection?

How do I prevent kidney stones or kidney infection?

Water, water, water: Drink plenty of water. Dehydration increases the risk of both kidney stones and kidney infections. Think of the water you drink as diluting the other substances in your urine, including the minerals that can cause kidney stones, as well as washing out your urinary system to flush bacteria out of you and into the toilet! in women, frequent urination, wiping front to back reduce infection risks. ...Read more

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When before a kidney stone causes kidney damage?

When before a kidney stone causes kidney damage?

It may: Sit in the kidney and never cause damage. However, if the stone obstructs the urine draining from the kidney and doesn't pass it can, over time, cause kidney damage. Infected and obstructed kidneys can become damaged quickly. ...Read more

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Can a renal doppler show a kidney infection or kidney stones, etc?

Renal sonography: Can accurately identify calcium oxalate stones but not uric acid stones. As far as infection is concerned, ultrasound is not as accurate with pyelonephritis (kidney infection) but is usually not necessary as those symptoms and findings are pretty clear and don't require sonography. ...Read more

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What can cause moderate flank pain besides kidney stones and kidney infection?

What can cause moderate flank pain besides kidney stones and kidney infection?

Many things : There are other organs how long the flank the size of kidney including on the left side the spleen on both sides the colon, you have a liver there, the pancreas, and other things. These are things you should discuss with your physician ...Read more

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What can cause right side flank pain but no ovaries or appendix. Don't have a kidney stone or kidney infection?

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What can cause right side flank pain but no ovaries or appendix. Don't have a kidney stone or kidney infection?

Here are some ...: Right flank pain warns you either something is irritating your local tissues or organs or some disorders in muscles, joints, or nerves along the course of spinal nerve to right flank region. to sort these things out is not that difficulty by systemically analyzing the onset, degree, duration, interval, evolution, & progress of the pain and its possible related Sx over time + conducting physicals . ...Read more

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What is more painful, kidney stones or gallstones?

What is more painful, kidney stones or gallstones?

Kidney: Stones in the kidney are usually not painful or minimally painful. Stones passing into the ureter can cause ureteral colic which is generally considered one of the most severe pains a person can have. ...Read more

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Would a urination test show infection in kidney or kidney stones?

Yes and no: Urinalysis can show infection if it contains white blood cells and/or bacteria. It cannot show stones, although it can show crystals or red blood cells. If these are present and you have flank, back, or groin pain, it means that you might have stones. Consult your doctor with your test results. ...Read more

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Severe kidney pain, diarrhea, no fever. Doctor or er? Kidney infection, stones or inflammation? I also have behcets disease.

Severe kidney pain, diarrhea, no fever. Doctor or er? Kidney infection, stones or inflammation? I also have behcets disease.

Clinic visit would: Be fine. Your dr may consider doing some blood and urine tests. Take care! http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/kidney-pain/my00125. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/behcets-disease/ds00822/dsection=treatments-and-drugs. http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/digestive-diseases-diarrhea. ...Read more

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7.4mm kidney stone causing mild hydroneprosis in right kidney?It can cause damage to kidney?

7.4mm kidney stone causing mild hydroneprosis in right kidney?It can cause damage to kidney?

Yes: You already have mild enlargement of the kidney - that is what hydronephroiss is. Over a long period of time, a blocking stone can lead to infections and decrease in kidney function. It is best to talk with a good urologist as to what the best plan is for your individual case - whether the stone needs to be removed, or if they are comfortable just following it over time. ...Read more

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Could you pick up acute kidney failure by having a kidney infection?

Could you pick up acute kidney failure by having a kidney infection?

Not necessarily: If you already have problems with your kidneys that have caused them to not work normally, then an infection can make things worse. If your kidneys are functioning normally, it would be very unlikely to have acute renal failure with a kidney infection. Parenthetically, infected kidneys will lose some of their function, but treatment of the infection should restore things to normal. ...Read more

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Can hydronephrosis and kidney infection caused by a kidney stone blockage of the ureter cause hypotension?

Can hydronephrosis and kidney infection caused by a kidney stone blockage of the ureter cause hypotension?

IF there is: Obstruction this is a high risk situation for development of infection. A serious infection could cause low blood pressure. The other possibility is low blood pressure related to pain medication for the stone. ...Read more

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Can u see kidney stones on x-ray? What are signs of kidney stone?

Sometimes: If the stone is in the kidney it may cause blood in the urine.If it passes into the ureter (tube that connects the kidney to the bladder ,it can cause pain,often severe,any where from the flank to the groin. ...Read more

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Right kidney hurts all the time, left sometimes. Does this sound like a kidney infection, or kidney stone?

Right kidney hurts all the time, left sometimes. Does this sound like a kidney infection, or kidney stone?

See below: By kidney hurting, i assume you mean flank pain. Yes, it could easily be either of those. Would get checked out, starting with a urinalysis. ...Read more

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What causes a kidney stone?

What causes a kidney stone?

Kidney stones: Usually a kidney stone is calcium oxalate, but, you need a work up with an u/a, and sma21 to confirm that you do have an issues.. Follow up with pmd {private medical doctor} for full work. ...Read more

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Recurrent bladder and kidney infections. Kidney stones diognosed. Oral antibiotics no longer working, anything I can do?

Recurrent bladder and kidney infections. Kidney stones diognosed. Oral antibiotics no longer working, anything I can do?

Kidney stone infxn: Kidney and bladder stones can help infections because they can harbour the bacteria causing the infection. Once the antibiotic course finishes, the bacteria spring right out of these stone castles to re-establish the infection, with resistance to the antibiotics. Good to have stones broken up and eliminated. A urologist can help. Try to prevent stones from forming in the first place--drink water! ...Read more

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What can I do about kidney ureter strictures that block kidney stones?

What can I do about kidney ureter strictures that block kidney stones?

Kidney strictures: Have you had an evaluation to see what is cause of stricture? Diet changes can help with kidney stones but cause of stricture determines best treatment. Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more

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Do nitrites indicate kidney infection or bladder infection?

Do nitrites indicate kidney infection or bladder infection?

Could be either: Infection in the urinary tract often begins with a bladder infection; this may extend further "upstream" to involve the kidneys (but the kidneys could also be a primary source of infection). Either way, nitrates on the dipstick urinalysis usually is how's up as a "byproduct" of bacteria commonly infecting the urinary tract. A kidney infection is usually more symptomatic and more serious. ...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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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more