Category Archives: Kidney Stones

Renal tiny 2 mm calculi noted in left kidney. Please guide me how to cure this? I am from India.

The small stone that you describe should not cause any problems.  This is a very small stone.  I suggest that you follow a low salt diet and a DASH diet.  This should help to prevent further stone formation and may … Continue reading

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Hello Doctor, My query is for my Mom. She is around 55 yrs of age, having diabetes and BP. Recently we took CT scan, and we came to know that she is having kidney stone in her left side. The report says “39×28 mm sized large branching calculus is seen in left renal pelvis, extending into lower calyx. Upper and middle calyxes are dilated and clubbed.” My query is what type of treatment required to remove it? Is it possible to remove the stone using “Lithotripsy”? Pls comment on it. She is diabetic but due to a controlled diet she is having 128 value after 2 hrs of breakfast. Though sugar is under control, would like to avoid going to surgery or Tunnel Surgery (Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy). Advance thanks for your reply.

The question that you ask is a urological question.  I am a nephrologist and have no expertise in regards to the surgical treatment of kidney stone disease.  I suggest that you consult with a urologist, who is a surgeon. For … Continue reading

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Hi Doctor, I’m a 27 year old, Korean, healthy, female. My blood pressure is always very low and I’ve maintained good health for the most part. For more than a year, I have experienced kidney pain and tenderness the night of and day after I drink alcohol. I’ve always thought it was nothing to worry about since I had ingested alcohol and thought this was my body’s normal reaction. There was a time when I didn’t have these symptoms, but it’s been a long time. Recently, I went to my PCP because my kidney pain lasted a few days after I had drank alcohol. My doctor did a UA and my results came back as follows: GLUCOSE, UA Negative mg/dL; KETONES, UA 80 (2+) mg/dL; SPECIFIC GRAVITY, UA 1.027; UA HGB 0.03 (1+) mg/dL; PH, UA 5.0; PROTEIN, UA 30 (1+) mg/dL; NITRITE, UA Negative; LEUKOCYTE ESTERASE, UA Positive; UROBILINOGEN, UA, QL Negative; BILIRUBIN, UA Negative…. WBC’S, UA/HPF 6-10 HPF; RBC, URINE HPF 4-10 HPF; MUCOUS, UR SED, QL, AUTOMATED COUNT Present HPF; HYALINE CASTS, URINE SEDIMENT, AUTOMATED COUNT, QUAL 5-10 LPF. In July, my GFR was 86 mL and my Vitamin D levels were 16ng/mL. I have not repeated a blood test since July. When I spoke with my doctor regarding my results, she stated she ruled out a UTI and a Kidney Infection. She referred me to a Urologist and Radiology for an ultrasound. I have had a kidney infection previously in 2012. I can’t get into my urologist until April, so naturally – I’m scared. Do these results lean toward a kidney stone being present? Could it have been present for over a year and only agitate when I drink alcohol? Or do these seem to point toward diseased kidneys? I’ve lost about 12 pounds in the last couple months (108lbs, 5’3″) and have (in the last week) a decreased appetite. In the last four days, I have been experiencing a low grade fever and chronic, dull pain/heaviness in my kidneys. Since I have experienced a kidney infection before, I am reluctant to go to the ER to see a specialist sooner. Are these symptoms something I need to address sooner than April?

I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  I am a nephrologist and I cannot make a diagnosis of kidney disease based on the information that you describe.  I agree that you should … Continue reading

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My GFR was >60. I am having a laser lithotripsy next week. Do I have a damaged kidney?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  I suggest that you consult with your physician about having specific kidney function tests.  An estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) of greater than 60 milliliters … Continue reading

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I was just dx with CKD and calculus kidneys my lower back hurts all the time. Pain in the right side in my lower back and lower left in the back. Is this normal and of course I have fatigue and will go to my nephrologist on April 4. I hurt whether I have a kidney infection.

If there is a stone (calculus) in your kidney, then this must be evaluated and treated by a urologist, not a nephrologist.  I suggest consultation with a urologist. For more information on kidney stones click here:

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I was in a severe car accident in 2015, I have had tons of X-rays, MRI and CT scans done. The X-xrays show that I have a spot on my right kidney. I’m concerned about it but the doctor’s aren’t. I also have pain in that area and lower back. Do you think it might be a kidney stone?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis without reviewing the X-rays and scans.  I suggest that you discuss your concerns with your physician and ask for an explanation of the “spot” on the studies.  The computerized tomogram (CT) scan … Continue reading

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Have had a kidney stone for 2 1/2 yrs and my urologist doesn’t seem concerned. In this time, I have had severe pain at times with blood in my urine, foamy urine and can be dirty looking, also fevers, nose ulcers, and I have an autoimmune disease that I do a shot of Enbrel every week. Dr takes an x-ray every 6 months and says it’s still not blocking anything, see you in another 6 months.

Kidney stones are usually evaluated and treatments are recommended by a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and do not treat kidney stones surgically.  A nephrologist would evaluate you and determine if there is anything that could be done to prevent … Continue reading

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I have a severe back pain. Is it a sign for a kidney disease?

Back pain is a very uncommon symptom for chronic kidney disease (CKD).  I suggest that you consult with your physician about further testing in regard to your back pain.  Back pain can be a symptom of kidney infection or kidney … Continue reading

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A week ago I went to the ER with what I thought was a kidney stone attack. I’m 80 yrs old and in general good health. Some years ago I had an attack and had one or two stones removed from a kidney. In the ER they did a scan to show to their Urologist. The scan showed I had a very large cyst on my right kidney and that cyst, depending upon scan view “slice” showed it surrounding a stone. The left kidney was free of any shown cysts and normal. The scan showed the cyst to be round and symmetrical, not tumor like. At the moment I’m awaiting a decision from the Urologist re how to proceed. The Urologist told me initially upon looking at the scan, “it looks like a very difficult case”. The Urologist has since taken ultrasound views of the affected kidney area supposedly to show and review with a Radiologist. From what I’m thinking, the treatment plan might be for the Radiologist to aspirate the cyst then the Urologist to “roof” the cyst and then go in and remove the stone. After the initial stone, intense pain, I took a couple of pain killers and the severe pain subsided and it’s been “low grade” ever since. Sitting or bending certain ways can bring on the pain, but otherwise it’s continually like a mild tooth ache. It seems to be taking time for my Urologist to come up with a treatment plan and date for a procedure. Is the treatment for my condition one that requires any experience/training beyond what a typical Urologist and Radiologist would be doing on a regular basis. Are there any Medicare _+ Medigap insurance issues covering such a procedure.

I am a nephrologist and have no surgical expertise.  A urologist is a surgeon and has expertise in the surgical treatment of kidney stones and complex cysts of the kidney.  I suggest that you continue to consult with your urologist. … Continue reading

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I am writing on behalf of a friend from Turkmenistan. My friend is studying in China and does not know much English, which complicates things. But from what I can gather, his father is having a problem with kidney stones. His father has only one kidney, and last year he had an operation to remove his kidney stones. However, according to my friend, the operation was not that successful because many kidney stones still remain. His father does not want an operation, but wants to know if there is medicine or any other treatment he can have to get rid of the kidney stones. According to my friend, the type of kidney stones his father has are called “korall.” He sent me some photos, and it looks like this many has had a LOT of kidney stones removed already. Do you have any advice for my friend and his father, or do you have any suggestions as to what my next step should be in finding an answer for him?

I am not familiar with “korall” stones.  The problem that you pose is a urological problem.  Consultation with a urologist, who is a surgeon, would be most appropriate. For more information on kidney stones click here:    

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