Can people die from a kidney stone?

Yes, some people can die from a kidney stone.

Some kidneys are very small and there can be very few kidney stones. People with very small kidneys are more likely to experience kidney stones.

However, even people with very small kidneys can develop kidney stones.

A kidney stone can cause a person to lose a lot of blood and sometimes a person may lose more than they lose from a heart attack or stroke.

What is a kidney infection?

A kidney infection is an infection of the kidneys. They are a part of the urinary tract.

They are also called the kidneys, ureters, and bladder.

When a person has a kidney infection, the infection may spread to other parts of the urinary tract.

The ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The bladder is a hollow organ in the lower part of the body.

The bladder is attached to the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine out of the body.

When a person has a kidney infection, urine often flows backward into the ureters and bladder. This can cause a person to experience:

  • Pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Swelling in and around the kidneys
  • A burning sensation when urinating

A person may also have a cough with a bad smell.

Sometimes a person may also have a fever.

A kidney infection often causes the person to have pain in the lower back, buttocks, or hips.

How long do kidney stones last?

Kidney stones are generally small, but some can be quite large.

A kidney stone may last for months or years.

Some kidney stones may not cause any symptoms until they move into the bladder or ureters.

A person may experience pain from a kidney stone that is in the ureters.

However, if the stone moves through the bladder or ureters, the person may experience symptoms.

Sometimes a person may not experience any symptoms for several months or years after a kidney stone has passed into the bladder.

Sometimes a person may never experience any symptoms from a kidney stone.

When a person is experiencing symptoms from a kidney stone, the kidney stone may need to be removed.

If a person is diagnosed with a kidney stone, they will typically need to have the stone removed. This is known as a kidney stone surgery or a stone surgery.

A doctor may also recommend that a person takes certain medications to help break down the stone.

A doctor may also suggest a person may need to have the stone removed using a procedure called lithotripsy.

Lithotripsy is a procedure to break down the kidney stone using sound waves.

What are the causes of kidney stones?

There are many possible causes for kidney stones, but some of the most common causes are:

  • Kidney infection. Infections of the kidneys are the most common cause of kidney stones.
  • Kidney stones. In some cases, the kidney stones are a combination of minerals and other materials. In other cases, the kidney stones are made of calcium.
  • Blockage of the urinary tract. The ureters may not drain urine properly. This can lead to a blockage of the urinary tract.
  • Kidney stones in children. Kidney stones are more common in children.
  • Medications. Certain medications are more likely to cause kidney stones.
  • Genetics. Some people are more likely to develop kidney stones than others.
  • Medical conditions. Some medical conditions cause kidney stones.
  • Hormones. Hormones can increase a person’s risk of kidney stones.
  • Kidney damage. Kidney damage can cause kidney stones.

How are kidney stones diagnosed?

A doctor will usually diagnose a kidney stone by doing a physical examination and asking about a person’s symptoms.

A doctor may also order tests to confirm a diagnosis.

These tests may include:

  • A urinalysis. This test uses a urine sample to check for crystals or other abnormal substances.
  • Blood tests. Blood tests can check for certain substances that may cause kidney stones.
  • Kidney function tests. This test checks how well the kidneys are functioning.

What are the treatments for kidney stones?

In some cases, a doctor may recommend a person undergo a procedure to remove a kidney stone.

These include:

  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. This procedure uses sound waves to break down the kidney stone.
  • Kidney surgery. Doctors may recommend a person have a kidney stone removed. This is known as a kidney stone surgery.
  • Minimally invasive surgery. This procedure uses a small incision to remove the stone.
  • Nonsurgical removal. This procedure uses a special tool to remove the kidney stone.

A person may need to take certain medications to help with pain and reduce the risk of other complications.

How do people get kidney stones?

People who have a higher risk of developing kidney stones include:

  • People who have a family history of kidney stones
  • People with certain medical conditions
  • People who take certain medications

In some cases, a person may not have any obvious risk factors for developing kidney stones.

In other cases, people may not have any risk factors at all.

However, the following are risk factors for a person to develop kidney stones:

  • Age. People who are 40 years or older are more likely to develop kidney stones.
  • Genetics. People who have a family history of kidney stones are more likely to develop them.
  • Kidney damage. A person may develop kidney stones if their kidneys are damaged.
  • Kidney infection. A person can develop kidney stones if they have a kidney infection.
  • Blockage of the urinary tract. A person may develop kidney stones if they have a blockage of the urinary tract.
  • Medications. Some medications can cause kidney stones.

How is kidney stone surgery treated?

A person who has a kidney stone may need to have their kidney stone removed. This is known as a kidney stone surgery.

In some cases, the kidney stone will pass on its own. However, in some cases, the doctor may recommend a person undergo a procedure to remove the kidney stone.

Now over to you

If you have a kidney stone, you can discuss your treatment options with your doctor.

In most cases, a doctor will recommend that a person having a kidney stone surgery takes medications to help with pain and reduce the risk of complications.

In some cases, a person may need to take medications that may be less likely to cause side effects.

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