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Could a broken up kidney stone clog more holes and make the situation worse?

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In brief: Yes

If one has a large kidney stone and is broken up with surgery (laser, lithotripsy, etc.
), the smaller fragments can drop into the kidney tube (ureter) and cause obstruction and pain. This can lead to another surgery if the stones are large or if there are many stones piled on top of each other in the ureter since they may not pass spontaneously.

In brief: Yes

If one has a large kidney stone and is broken up with surgery (laser, lithotripsy, etc.
), the smaller fragments can drop into the kidney tube (ureter) and cause obstruction and pain. This can lead to another surgery if the stones are large or if there are many stones piled on top of each other in the ureter since they may not pass spontaneously.
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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Dr. Georgianne Snowden
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: Not usually

With lithotripsy, larger stones are broken up into many smaller fragments, usually making them easier to pass.
However, smaller stones can travel down the ureter and may cause obstruction.

In brief: Not usually

With lithotripsy, larger stones are broken up into many smaller fragments, usually making them easier to pass.
However, smaller stones can travel down the ureter and may cause obstruction.
Dr. Georgianne Snowden
Dr. Georgianne Snowden
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