Featured Kidney Stones Articles
Descriptions of Featured Kidney Stones Articles
Kidney stones develop when certain materials clump together instead of being eliminated in urine. As this eMedTV page explains, the condition can be due to diet or certain medical conditions. Common symptoms and treatment options are also discussed.
Symptoms of Kidney Stones
Possible symptoms of kidney stones can include pain, nausea, problems with urination, and fever. This eMedTV Web page provides a detailed look at these and other symptoms and explains signs that indicate immediate treatment should be sought.
Kidney Stones Treatment
This eMedTV resource describes various kidney stones treatment methods, such as ESWL, tunnel surgery, and ureteroscopy. In most cases, however, an increase in fluid is usually successful; lifestyle changes can help prevent kidney stones from returning.
Causes of Kidney Stones
This section of the eMedTV library discusses possible causes of kidney stones and risk factors for the condition. While not actual causes, age, certain medications, or family history may play a role in the development of kidney stones.
Types of Kidney Stones
This page on the eMedTV Web library provides a detailed look at the four most common types of kidney stones. Stones vary based on their chemical composition. In most cases, kidney stones contain calcium, struvite, uric acid, or cystine.
Kidney Stones Medicine
For people with chronic kidney stones, medicine is available to help keep them from coming back. This eMedTV article describes the different types of drugs that are used and how they work to prevent kidney stones.
A ureteroscopy is often used to check for kidney stones and allows the doctor to closely examine the ureter. This eMedTV resource describes this medical procedure in detail, explaining how it is performed and what to expect afterwards.
Preventing Kidney Stones
This eMedTV segment describes the importance of preventing kidney stones. It offers tips that can help keep stones from coming back and explains tests doctors use to determine the type of kidney stones a person has and to plan treatment.
Kidney Stones and Diet
This eMedTV Web page takes an in-depth look at the link between diet and kidney stones. While there is no direct evidence linking the two, avoiding certain foods, such as coffee or dairy products, may help reduce the chances of developing them.
Kidney Stones Facts
This eMedTV article provides a list of kidney stones facts. For example, some people may not know that many stones will pass out of the body without medical care, and drinking plenty of fluids can help keep kidney stones from forming.
Surgery for Kidney Stones
The different types of surgery for kidney stones described in this eMedTV resource include: extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, ureteroscopy, and major surgery. In most cases, stones pass without surgery or treatment.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy
This eMedTV article describes extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy in detail. Also called ESWL, this is the procedure most often used for the treatment of kidney stones, which uses shockwaves to them break up.
Kidney Stones and Gallstones
Kidney stones and gallstones, as this page of the eMedTV library explains, form in different areas of the body and are considered two completely different conditions. People who are at risk for one usually aren't also at risk for the other.
Kidney Stones Diagnosis
This eMedTV resource describes the process doctors use to make a kidney stones diagnosis. Common tests are described, such as imaging tests or an IVP. The purpose of a 24-hour urine collection test is also explained.
Stents for Kidney Stones
In some cases, surgery is used to treat kidney stones and stents are then placed to help the ureter heal. This eMedTV page explains why stents for kidney stones are used, the potential complications, and what to expect after a stent has been placed.