Types of Kidney Stones
There are different kinds of kidney stones, each of which contains various combinations of chemicals. The four most common types contain calcium, struvite, uric acid, or cystine. Depending on which of the four kidney stone types you have, your doctor will advise you as to which treatment options and preventive measures are best for you.
A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms in the kidney out of substances in the urine. Normally, urine contains chemicals that prevent or inhibit the crystals from forming. However, these inhibitors do not seem to work for everyone.
Kidney stones may contain various combinations of chemicals. The four most common types of kidney stones contain:
- Uric acid