Learn About Kidney Stones

What is the definition of Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones (also called renal stones or urinary stones) are small, hard deposits that form in one or both kidneys; the stones are made up of minerals or other compounds found in urine. Kidney stones vary in size, shape, and color. To be cleared from the body (or "passed"), the stones need to travel through ducts that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder (ureters) and be excreted. Depending on their size, kidney stones generally take days to weeks to pass out of the body.

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What are the causes of Kidney Stones?

Genetic changes can increase the risk of developing kidney stones, often acting in combination with a variety of environmental and lifestyle factors. Most genes involved in the condition are important for transmitting chemical signals from outside cells to inside cells or transporting materials in and out of cells. These processes help regulate the levels of various materials within cells, including the minerals and compounds that make up kidney stones. Changes in these genes can alter the levels of these materials in cells, leading to an imbalance of minerals and compounds in urine. As a result, the likelihood of stone formation increases.

How prevalent is Kidney Stones?

In the United States, 9 percent of women and 19 percent of men develop kidney stones in their lifetime. Caucasians are more likely to develop kidney stones than African Americans.

Is Kidney Stones an inherited disorder?

The inheritance pattern of kidney stones is unclear. Overall, the risk of developing this condition is greater for individuals who have a close relative (such as a parent or sibling) with the condition as compared to the general public.

Who are the top Kidney Stones Local Doctors?
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University of California San Diego Health System

UC San Diego Health - La Jolla Jacobs Medical Center

9300 Campus Point Dr 
La Jolla, CA 92037

Manoj Monga is an Urologist and a General Surgeon in La Jolla, California. Dr. Monga has been practicing medicine for over 32 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Kidney Stones. He is also highly rated in 10 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Kidney Stones, Urinary Tract Infection, Perirenal Abscess, and Urinary Tract Infection in Children. He is licensed to treat patients in California. Dr. Monga is currently accepting new patients.

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University of California San Diego Health System

VA San Diego Healthcare System

3350 La Jolla Village Dr 
San Diego, CA 92161

Roger Sur is an Urologist and a General Surgeon in San Diego, California. Dr. Sur has been practicing medicine for over 29 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Kidney Stones. He is also highly rated in 13 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Kidney Stones, Urinary Tract Infection, Perirenal Abscess, and Urinary Tract Infection in Children. He is licensed to treat patients in California. Dr. Sur is currently accepting new patients.

 
 
 
 
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Northwestern Medicine Urology

675 N St Clair St 
Chicago, IL 60611

Amy Krambeck is an Urologist in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Krambeck has been practicing medicine for over 20 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Kidney Stones. She is also highly rated in 15 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Kidney Stones, Enlarged Prostate, Urinary Tract Infection, and Bladder Stones. She is licensed to treat patients in Illinois and Minnesota. Dr. Krambeck is currently accepting new patients.

What are the latest Kidney Stones Clinical Trials?
Evaluation of Infection in Obstructing Urolithiasis: A Prospective Observational Study
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Evaluating the Vitamin K2 Status of Calcium-based Stone Formers
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Published Date:updated Last, January

Published By: National Institutes of Health

What are the Latest Advances for Kidney Stones?
PCNL Combined with 3D Printing Technology for the Treatment of Complex Staghorn Kidney Stones.
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