Kidney Stones

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Kidney stones attacks are extremely painful to endure and difficult to self-diagnose unless you know what symptoms to look for. Dr. Edward Hill tells us some of the signs and symptoms of kidney stone trouble in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Kidney stones result from the precipitation of certain substances within the urine. These stones form in the kidney and subsequently travel through the ureter, the tube that urine moves from the kidney to the bladder through, and are eliminated through the urine if they are small.

In some cases, the stone may not be able to travel through the ureter, causing pain and possibly causing an obstruction, blocking the flow of urine out of the kidney.

Kidney stones can be caused by a large number of factors, including infection, certain diets and medications.

The symptoms vary and may include:

Pain in the back or side

Blood in the urine



Urinary frequency or urgency (the sensation of the immediate need to urinate), and

Pain with urination

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is a procedure that uses shock waves to break up the stone. Surgery may be necessary if the stone is very large and if there is blockage of the affected kidney or infection.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.