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My doc said only ultrasound blasting & no other medications can get rid of kidney stones. Are there other options?

My doc said only ultrasound blasting & no other medications can get rid of kidney stones. Are there other options?

Here are some ...: Largely, there has been no known non-surgical means to get rid of stones in the urinary tracts except the uric-acid stone but still a length "ordeal" to cope to dissolve it. So, please direct the Qs on when and how to surgically get rid of stones - either in kidneys or ureters or bladder, to your urologist timely for individual details. Best wish ... ...Read more

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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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What do you suggest if my doctor said only ultrasound blasting & no other medications can get rid of kidney stones. is it true ?

What do you suggest if my doctor said only ultrasound blasting & no other medications can get rid of kidney stones. is it true ?

Uric acid: Hello,the only type of kidney stone that can be dissolved with prescription medication is uric acid stone. 4 out of 5 stones are calcium and not dissolvable.They can only pass spontaneously or removed by minimally invasive surgery or "blasted"as you say by lithotripsy.The option will depend on size,location & other factors. Listen to your doctor's advice.Good luck to you. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell from an ultrasound image if you have kidney stones or caner?

How do doctors tell from an ultrasound image if you have kidney stones or caner?

Yes: Kidney stones have a bright or echogenic appearance on ultrasound. Color doppler also produces a characteristic "twinkling" artifact that helps to differentiate stones from other causes of bright structures in the kidney. Cancer is demonstrated by the presence of a mass either in the kidney cortex or in the collecting structures of the kidney. The appearance is different. ...Read more

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Doctor says I either have kidney stones or a ruptured ovarian cyst, and ultrasound isn't for another 2 weeks. Is there a way to tell the difference?

Doctor says I either have kidney stones or a ruptured ovarian cyst, and ultrasound isn't for another 2 weeks. Is there a way to tell the difference?

Another doctor: The stone in the ureter is not going to be adequately diagnosed by a pelvic ultrasound. If you're continuing to have significant abdominal and pelvic pain I would see a physician willing to do the definitive study which would be a CT scan ...Read more

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Do ultrasounds ever miss kidney stones?

Do ultrasounds ever miss kidney stones?

Yes frequently: Small stones can easily be missed, by any ultrasound machine especially by office ultrasound machines. Spiral ct scan is the most reliable imaging tool for small kidney stones. Flank pain & microscopic blood in urine are frequently good clues to presence of stones. Good news is that small kidney stones usually pass spontaneously & require no intervention. ...Read more

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How dod doctors check for kidney stones?

From an imaging: standpoint, ultrasound and/or CT are the most appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones be found with an ultrasound?

Can kidney stones be found with an ultrasound?

Yes: Ultrasound may not see the stone well but may see swelling in the tube (ureter) where a stone has clogged up the drain. A cat scan (ct) is usually the preferred test to better see the stones. But, unlike ultrasound exposes you to some radiation. ...Read more

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What does the doctor do if you have a kidney stone?

What does the doctor do if you have a kidney stone?

Depends: If the stone is small and not blocking the urine flow, it may be left alone. A small stone may be removed by cystoscopy using a basket to retrieve the stone. A stone can be pulverized by lithotripsy and some times removed by open surgery. ...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