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Can a urine test show you have kidney stones?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
6 doctors agree

In brief: No but suggests

Urine test in persons with kidney stones usually shows red blood cells under the microscope.
However, if the stone is dormant and small it may show nothing. Occasionally, a stone will be accompanied by infection. Then whites cells may show in urine bec of infection not bec of stone. Also persons may have red blood cells in urine bec of different reasons than stones. A doctor will differentiate.

In brief: No but suggests

Urine test in persons with kidney stones usually shows red blood cells under the microscope.
However, if the stone is dormant and small it may show nothing. Occasionally, a stone will be accompanied by infection. Then whites cells may show in urine bec of infection not bec of stone. Also persons may have red blood cells in urine bec of different reasons than stones. A doctor will differentiate.
Dr. Tarek Naguib
Dr. Tarek Naguib
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2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Urine test may suggest stones, infections, tumors, and other conditions, but urine test are really diagnositic on their own.
Kidney stones are typically diagnosed with x-ray or ct.

In brief: No

Urine test may suggest stones, infections, tumors, and other conditions, but urine test are really diagnositic on their own.
Kidney stones are typically diagnosed with x-ray or ct.
Dr. Eric Umbreit
Dr. Eric Umbreit
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Dr. Atul Singh
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Test

The first test for stones is an ultrasound.
In some patients a CT scan may be needed. Urine findings are non specific though a metabolic urine testing offers into reasons for stone formation.

In brief: Test

The first test for stones is an ultrasound.
In some patients a CT scan may be needed. Urine findings are non specific though a metabolic urine testing offers into reasons for stone formation.
Dr. Atul Singh
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Urine test can show presence of blood, crystals & acidity or alkalinity or acidity of urine, in addition to quantitate calcium, uric acid, cystine or citrate.
Former 3 can be elevated with metabolic stone disease. However, you need a kidney ultrasound, abdominal xray or better still an abdominal ct scan to demonstrate kidney stones.

In brief: No

Urine test can show presence of blood, crystals & acidity or alkalinity or acidity of urine, in addition to quantitate calcium, uric acid, cystine or citrate.
Former 3 can be elevated with metabolic stone disease. However, you need a kidney ultrasound, abdominal xray or better still an abdominal ct scan to demonstrate kidney stones.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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