Kidney Stones are Not Created Equal

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Kidney Stone Treatment Plano TX People who have had kidney stones tend to have one thing to say about them: they hurt! One experience with kidney stones is enough to know you don’t want to relive this problem. The fact is, kidney stones are a relatively common problem among men and women. What’s more, the term “kidney stones” isn’t the most accurate description of the debris that can cause so much disruption to daily living. Here, we discuss the different types of kidney stones that may develop and the reason for each.

Calcium Stones

Most of the kidney stones that develop are calcium stones. They result from elevated levels of calcium oxalate in the body. Oxalate is present in a variety of foods, including many fruits and vegetables, nuts, chocolate, and protein. This type of kidney stone may also develop more easily when health conditions such as Hyperparathyroidism or ulcerative colitis are present.

Uric Acid Stones

This type of kidney stone can result from a high-protein diet. Some people can process the uric acid in red meats without incident. Others cannot, and uric acid builds up in the kidneys, turning to stones.

Cystine Stones

These stones develop when the common amino acid, cystine, is overproduced by the body.

Struvite Stones

Struvite is a mineral found in the urinary tract. If infection occurs in the tract or in the bladder, the urea can be hydrolyzed to ammonium. This increased the pH of the urine to a neutral or alkaline state, resulting in struvite stones.

Other types of kidney stones do exist, but they are very rare.

Symptoms of Kidney Stones

The type and severity of symptoms may vary from person to person and also from one type of kidney stone to another. Some people develop frequent urination and blood in the urine while others experience difficulty urinating. Across the board, people who have kidney stones almost always report the telltale pain the accompanies this condition.

Kidney stones are diagnosed via blood tests and imaging such as x-ray or ultrasound. Treatment may involve one of a few proven techniques, such as shock wave lithotripsy or Ureteroscopy.

Don’t wait to have symptoms of kidney stones evaluated. Contact our Plano office at (972) 403-5425 for a thorough consultation and medical exam.

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