Kidney stones are hard masses that develop from crystals of minerals that are normally filtered out of the urine. The most common kidney stone is caused by an excess of calcium. They occur more frequently in men between the ages of 40 and 70. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including diet, genetics, and previous or current infections/diseases.
Kidney stones are crystals that separate from the urine in the urinary tract. For most people, naturally occuring chemicals in the urine will help dissolve these crystals before they form into kidney stones, but for some people those chemicals are absent or ineffective.
Kidney stones are masses of built of mineral salts and other substances that form within the kidney. They become hard, “stone-like lumps” that can range in size from a grain of sand to larger than a golf ball. Small stones can pass through the body easily, but larger ones can cause extreme pain when they block the natural flow of urine.
There are four main types of kidney stones, appropriately named for the main chemical in it’s composition. There are the most common Calcium Stones, Uric Acid Stones, Cystine Stones, and Struvite Stones.
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