Kidney stone gallery

We’ve gathered a collection of kidney stone pictures in this photo gallery. The stones include small passed stones up to large staghorn stones. Stone composition (or type) is indicated when available.

Photo of kidney stone fragments

3 stone fragments that were removed during percutaneous surgery.

Photo of calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate kidney stone

A 7 mm stone successfully passed by a patient. Comprised of calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate.

Photo of calcium oxalate kidney stone fragments

Fragments of an orginally 1.1 cm stone treated with laser lithotripsy and removed during ureteroscopy. Comprised of calcium oxalate.

Photo of kidney stones removed percutaneously

A 1.4 cm and a 5 mm stone removed percutaneously from a kidney.

Photo of carbonate apatite kidney stones

Collection of carbonate apatite stones removed percutaneously from a kidney.

Photo of uric acid kidney stones

2mm and 4mm uric acid stones removed with ureteroscopy.

multiple kidney stones







Multiple large smooth kidney stones removed percutaneously from a single kidney. Largest stone measures 1.2 cm in size. Analysis demonstrated 70% calcium oxalate monohydrate and 30% calcium phosphate.








Multiple small kidney stones with the appearance of bird seed. Removed with ureteroscopy from a single kidney. Largest stone measured 4mm in size. Analysis demonstrated 85% calcium oxalate monohydrate and 15% calcium phosphate.

Photo of large bladder stones

File photo of large bladder stones removed by open incision. These have a “jackstone” appearance.

Photo of staghorn kidney stone

File photo of a large “staghorn” kidney stone removed intact by open surgery. The various parts of this stone fill up an entire kidney’s central collecting system, giving it a characteristic shape appearing similar to a deer’s antlers. Stones this size are not commonly seen intact anymore as most are now treated percutaneously and broken up before being removed.

Photo of staghorn kidney stone

File photo of another large “staghorn” stone removed by open surgery.


289 Responses to Kidney stone gallery

  1. John says:

    I just passed my second kidney stone. I read this forums and it seems it was a breeze compared with some of the other people’s experiences.
    I drank lots of water with lemon juice (natural juice) flavored with a little bit of sugar to improve the taste. Also, I took Vitamin C, about 2 grams per day.
    It passed in a week. The first sympthoms I notice was vomiting, urge to urinate, very frequent urination passing small amounts of urine.
    For the pain, I used paracetamol and ibuprophene.
    Based on my experience, my advice is, drinks loads of water with lemon juice and, if the stone does not come out in 2 weeks see the doctor.

  2. Neha Thakre says:

    I haVE 0.5 size of kidney stone
    what should i do

  3. Michelle says:

    My son is 14 and was diagnosed with over 10 kidney stones. I first noticed a bloody diaper when I took him to the ER (he has cerebral palsy and he’s developmentally delayed). They put a stint in to help his urine flow. He’s getting the stones on the left blasted by a process called lithotripsy. the largest stone was 6mm. However today they discovered he has a 1 1/2 centimer stone on the right. The plan is for them to do a shock wave from the outside of the body. He’ll be sedated when they do it all.

    He’s currently taking Oxybutenane (I’m sure I messed up the spelling) to prevent his bladder from spasming which could cause lots of pain. The drug is working well for him but I will be happy when he’s off of it and the stones are gone. Its bad enough he has to take anti seizure drugs.

    I see a lot of mention about lemons and apple cider vinegar. I wonder if I can give it to him prophylactially after the surgery?

    • John says:

      Lots of water with lemon juice (naturally squezed) did the trick for me. I also took Vitamin C (2 grams per day).
      Aim to drink 2 litres of water with a couple of squezed lemons and sugar to improve the taste.
      You need to explain to your son that to prevent the formation of stones, this is the solution.
      Try to make it a habit: perhaps in the afernoon after 3 pm he should only drink this in abundance. Once he gets used to this routine it will enjoy the benefits.
      Ah! no sugary sparkling drinks! They are the worst. Specially if they contain caffeine.

    • Danyel says:

      yesterday I just pass big kidney stone this was my third time in 6 years the other two was very small but was pain full two days in pain until came out by itself yesterday I had pain only I was urinating and I saw black tip in my penis tip I have to pull out by my self was painful but I did was large stone I learned the fresh Lemon juice one cup drink with No sugar or water mixed I know is hard to drink but better than the pain then after 30 min one cup of water will help a lot

  4. SAUNDRA says:

    the dr has done a lithotripsy four times on me, the dr says’ that the stone is 11cm!!!!!! this time the dr was able to bust the stone up..the stone is dark blood red, i am wondering if the color can tell me what not to eat or drink so i don’t get them back ever again.!!!!!!!!! i am hurting more this time then the other times it feel like i have had a bad fall where my kidney are. the dr give me some strong pain meds that will help with the pain, sometime it work and sometime it don’t, i am so sore. any advise will be appreciate .have a great day/GOD BLESS

  5. kathy says:

    My husband has passed over 300 hundred he has passed all them drinking water an lemonade but yesterday he went to hospital yesterday he was very bad they gave him pain meds but didnt work had to give more meds so he passed it today with taking flomax it works great if you make a gallon of fresh lemonade 4 lemoms squeesed. 2cups sugar. An fill the rest with water to make a gallon drink as much as you can

    • Holly says:

      I just passed 4 stones thru urine. Gave me no antibiotics just Percocet for pain and Zofran. My best advice to everyone is STAY AWAY FROM MOUNTAIN DEW, lol. I’ve learned my lesson.

  6. Adi says:

    Hi, I had a kidney stone, worst pian ever, went to ER, size 6mm x 4mm x 4mm. I was given tampsolosin to pass urine. n pain killers. Doctor doubt it will ever pass.

    Surgery cost over 6k. I started researching. I had taken pain killers only two days at the beginning n 1 capsule of tampolosin every morning .
    day 1, took 1 capsule of tampolosin, alot of water with lemons n one fresh coconut water , day 2, alot of water with lemons, and 20 oz of water with organic apple cider vinegar, and one fresh coconut water, day 3 same as day 2 and 16 oz of water with Corn Silk which helps ease the kidney stone to pass through, hoping that the stone does not damage the urinary tract or urethra tube. Day 3 n onward no pain. anywhere. Day 4, Dandelion root tea from Target store, n alot of lemon water, Day 5, lemo water, Dandelion root tea, corn silk water, and apple cider vinegar with water, Day 8, Took xray, the stone made it from right out of kidney to all the way to bladder n shrunk the size to 3.5 mm. No pain killers needed. Continued drinking water with lemon n corn silk water Day 10 morning, kidney stone was passed through urine n captured. Corn silk water is described, grab corns, gather alot of the silk, no black/brown silk, boil it with water to make about 40 to 50 oz.You can research further information about it. But that’s what I did, my grandma remedy of corn silk water. I hope anyone find this helpful as it helped me.

  7. Sjbob says:

    Two nights ago I check myself into the hospital because of intense pain in the lower left abdomen almost to the groin, all the way to the back. They put me on an IV, gave me morphine for the pain, and a CT scan. They found some Small stonesin the kidney and also in the bladder. Rather then take them out they gave me Flomax to help need to pass urine, and Percocet for the pain. But they did not take the stones out and I was discharged. I’ve been taking a little bit of olive oil, and lemon juice, and later lemon juice withapple cider vinegar, and of course a lot of water. I think it might be helping.since midnight last night I have not had any pain. And I’ve seen what appears to be super size specs in the urine in the toilet water. I’m wondering if those specs might be pieces of the stone that have passed through. In any case I will see if urologist as I can to validate the status as I am not sure that the pain will come back, or that the stones are gone. If anyone reading this is thinking of using the lemon juice olive oil and vinegar as I have described I recommend research this on the Internet to see what his work for other people And to get right portions. It’s pretty strange to be drinking a couple tablespoons of olive oil.

    • Rose says:

      My friend passed about 5small stones so his going to the hospital to have surgery to remove some large stones . I hope everything goes good

  8. pacita edanio says:

    Just today i am diagnosed with urolithiasis and i am worried . THAT IS WHY I AM HAPPY HAVE THIS SITE TO HELP ME RELIEVE FROM THIS SITUATION.

  9. pacita edanio says:

    oh please go to your doctor immediately for proper medication please.

  10. pacita edanio says:

    I like to be one of the members of this group exchanging ideas and helping one another for proper medication of many diseases. I mean guiding the patient to the right path.

  11. pacita edanio says:

    Don’t ignore kidney stones if you have it please don’t keep it to yourself. How can you be cured if you will not tell your family? If not now,when? tell them and proceed to your doktor for proper medication.

  12. mohsin says:

    Hi i am suffering with two stones one is in kidney size 1. 3cm n 2nd is 6mm n I taking homeopathic medicine could homeopathic pass my both stones

  13. My son age 1.5 yers having 8mm and 4mm renal stones. In right and left kidney respectively. Please suggest any technique homeopathy drug or diet change pls

    • Jade says:

      Hello sorry to hear. My husband has very good success with taking mixture of lemon, olive oil and water every 4 hers and within a couple days he passed a big stone with hardly no pain. He also took a tonic called chance piedra which we buy at Amazon. yiou mix couple drops with water. Also within a week he passed another stone has been pain free for months and no dr visits.

  14. yssa says:

    Hi Im a 15 years old l have a kidney stone the size is 0.5cm the doctor from british told me that the size my kidney stone is not normal to my age. She said its better to confine myself to the hospital. But my kidney stone is l ignored for 4months and now l know my condition is a critical. Im so scared l dont want to tell to my parents about my condition. I dont want to feel them of fear because , we dont have a money to removed my kidney stone. I have sick now, but the only know of them is not connect of my sick to my kidney desease.

    • Kenna says:

      Honey, you must tell your parents. Your life is precious and they will need to know. The Lord will provide.

    • Wanda says:

      Please tell them they love you more than life itself and they’d rather you not be in pain things may be hard but when it comes to push and shove you’re the most important person in their life

  15. pain says:

    I was recently told that I have a kidney stone about the size of a baseball stuck in my bladder and that the only way of removing it was with a dull blade heated over an open fire pit. Also, since I am sensitive to painkillers none will be given. Should I have this procedure done or not? The only way I can pass urine is by poking small hones through my skin and letting int out that way. I have not normally passed urine in weeks and sometimes I pass out from the pain. Is this normal? Is there a specialist around where I live I can go to?

    • Concerned says:

      Oh my, that’s huge! Where do you live? You absolutely need surgery, IMMEDIATELY! I’m curious what kind of a Dr would not have performed surgery when you were diagnosed? I just passed a 2mm stone after an ER visit via ambulance 1 week ago after awoken by severe pain, sweaty & nauseous. I wasn’t given anything for pain, which was excruciating! I can now attest that kidney stones are equivalent to the pain of child birth! This all after decreased urine output for months with intermittent swelling of extremes. I recently lost my mom to sepsis (blood infection) from what was found to be a urinary tract infection only after it was too late… Please seek medical attention immediately!

    • Beth says:

      Dear Pain, I would not recommend the dull blade removal. It is not a safe procedure, even with the heat cauterisation. Are you sure you have a bladder stone? It sounds to me like you might just need an enema. :-)

  16. Mirza says:

    I am 2 stone one in bladder measuring 31x25x44mm which was removed through surgey and other 35 x 37.6mm in kidney is this surgery or can remove from laser?

  17. b.s.sisodiya says:

    My kidny stone size 8x4c.m I am open sargari or lezar sargari

  18. nilo odena says:

    i have multiple kidney stone size 1.5cm to 3cm…what should i do…

    • Marjorie says:

      Hi. I was diagnosed with a 3cm kidney stone in July. Due to its size it blocked the flow of urine and the urine backed up in to my kidney. I had to have a nephrostomy tube put in to drain the urine until surgery which didnt take place u til 2 months later. Stones this size can cause kidney damage and loss of kidney. Luckily my kidney has 30% function so they saved it. If you have a stone that big, you need to seek medical attention, trust me, it wont pass on its own so go have it checked now

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