What is a staghorn calculi?

Large kidney stone. A staghorn calculus is a very large and often irregularly shaped kidney stone that grows in one or both kidneys. Having certain kinds of urinary tract infections can increase the risk of developing them. They generally do not move because they are so large - usually they are discovered on an ultrasound, ct, or mri. If they must be removed it usually requires surgery.
Staghorn shape. A staghorn calculus is a large kidney stone shaped like a stag's horn and fills the inside of the kidney. This needs to be managed by a urologist. Willt respond to sound wave treatment (eswl) and requires aggressive management, ideally by percutaneous lithotripsy. Tube is placed in your kidney followed by a scope and then broken up by laser. Are caused by metabolic problems or urine infection.
Large kidney stone. Some stones form over a long period of time and take the shape of renal pelvis, like the horns of a stag. Re4quires treatment. Should see a urologist.
Infection stone. Staghorn renal calculi usually form in patients with repeated urinary tract infections. Treatment usually requires invasive surgery, and requires removal of the entire stone in order to avoid regrowth of the stone and repeated infections. Speak to a urologist who specializes in percutaneous stone surgery for details.
Type of kidney stone. Staghorn calculi (that fill the shape of the renal calyces) are usually struvite and opaque.

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What can you tell me about staghorn calculi? Would I see a nephrologist or a urologist.?

Serious condition. Staghorn calculi can cause serious kidney infections, and even loss of the kidney, see a urologist for treatment. You may need to see a nephrologist also for metabolic evaluation to look for a source of the staghorn. Read more...
Large kidney stone. Staghorn calculi are typically large kidney stones which can branch out to fill the inside of the kidney. You would generally see a urologist for treatment of this type of stone. Read more...
Staghorn stones. Staghorn calculi are associated with infection. Their composition is mixed calcium ammonia phosphate. These stones look like coral and are stuck in the pelvis of the kidney. Urologist has to manage these surgically most commonly. You need a work up though to determine why these formed and to prevent more. Read more...