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.


390 Responses to Kidney stone gallery

  1. Judy Vass says:

    Just about all places that real people post I had to laugh at someone posting that WebMD said not to use Chanca Piedra if you have kidney problems. Well in other place where it tells what it is good for it says it helps kidney problems. The big PHRMA’s do not want people to use God’s natural cures of course. If we can just figure out what to use for the problem they would be out of business! Amazing what God did for us and we do not even try to use those natural cures.

  2. GAGAN SHARMA says:

    Hi since last 15 yrs I am suffering from kidney stones size 5/7/9 mm and before 6year I had passed 8*16 mm through urine and then minimum 7/8 mm passed through urine December I came to know that my right kidney 33/27/22 mm removed by PCNL

  3. Sneha says:

    Hi husband(32yrs) has 4 stones ,2 in kidney 7×6 &7×7 mm.And 2 in bladder 15×11 &11×14 mm and passes blood and clots in urine.No pain he this dangerous.

  4. Crystal says:

    I have 4 marbles in my left kidney 1.6, 1.4 and 1cm, other is 8mm. I had a Stent put in 16 dec 2016, and am going for shock wave treatment 7 feb 2017. The pain I have been excruciating pain in since having the Stent I’m going for Shockwave treatment on 7 Feb, and I know I will have to endure this pain until I have passed all the kidney stones, but I honestly don’t know how, it feels like I have blades in my kidney and bladder, wee’ing is hell, standing and walking is just as bad, the only time I have relief is if I’m on my back, sitting can also become excruciating. There are times that I break out in such sweat and my whole body starts shaking uncontrollably from the pain, and every time I go to the loo, I take a towel with me which I bitE on and cry into, as I don’t want to distress my family. There are times that I could seriously of harming myself. It feels as if I’m wee’ing blades, then the pain moves up to my kidney. On a few occasions I’ve actually wet myself, not just a dribble but a full bladder, in the car, as I got home one day. I’m 52, I have stones from when I was 12, but this is the worst pain I’ve ever been in. The dr were amazed at the size of the stones and all came to take pics of my x-rays. I am going to try the lemon juice. Has anyone had the shock wave therapy, was it sore? I’m sure there is something wrong with my Stent, should you have so much pain, is it normal. And then I felt so brutalized when it was put in, no anethestic, I was traumatized. Now towards the end of a day I walk as if I have huge some between my legs because every step feels like hell with blunt blades, the pain has drained me, I’ve lost over 15 kg. I just want to enjoy a normal bathroom trip without the shakes and shivers and sweating. To be able to walk properly, to not pee myself in public AND NO PAIN.

    Crystal. The days that it is so sore, like today, I could really harm myself. Is there anyone out there experiencing the same

    • Kelly says:

      I’m so sorry you are having this pain. I too had serious pain when I had the stents and I can relate to how you’re feeling. I’ve since heard from others that their stents were also terribly painful. Not all, but some certainly are. Please let your dr know you are in such pain. Hugs to you.

  5. Deb says:

    hi my husband has been having kidney stones for over 8 years one is calcium oxalate phosphate and magnesium ammonium. he has been in and out of hospital and had them blustered but they just keep coming back he drinks 5 litres of water a day. we need some help because we are still waiting to find out what’s happening to cause them. and how he can finely get rid of them.

    • Julia says:

      Deb: Have him pour Lemon/lime (Real Lime) juice into his water. No sugar. Make it as strong as he can drink it. It will help his kidney to continuously pass the stones. What the lemon/lime juice does is causes the kidney to contract and push out whatever is in it.
      Does he eat a lot of nuts? What about soy? You need to watch what he eats. Adults should not drink whole milk either. 1% or 2% maximum. Stay away from dairy and other fatty foods. Not every nut is good for you either. I just passed a 6X4 mm stone. They placed a stent in my ureter because the stone was blocking the kidney from releasing urine. My diagnosis was “There is left hydronephrosis and hydroureter with infiltration of the perinephric fat and fluid in the left paracolic gutter. The calculus was now at the distal left ureter and measures 6 x 4 mm.” I didn’t even realize I passed the stone. I felt the pressure in my bladder and urethera. I never heard it pass. This is because I was adding Real Lime Juice to my bottles of water. I drank at least 4 per day.

    • Judy Vass says:

      I am no doctor or nurse but the first thing is what kind of water is he drinking? Distilled or reverse osmosis is more pure than most water. The second is have you heard of Chanca Piedra (phyllanthus niruri) from plant made with leaves and stems? It is known for dissolving kidney stones and even gallbladder stones sometimes. I found them through Swanson’s Vitamins and I have been buying from them for about 15 years. They should be taken after a meal and with water. Please look on internet search just type in: chancapiedrawebmd then go to the one that says uses, side effects, interactions and user reviews. Actually I read all of the user reviews and rely more on these people that use the product. They have different problems they use it for and the bottom select is all. It also offers most recent, most useful, low satisfaction or high satisfaction. Since some products are cheaply made and do not work then others are too strong I always trust this one because I’ve bought from them so long but you could probably go to local health vitamin store and buy good ones too. Try lower power first to see if you are ok with any product. This has been removing my husbands stones and his pain is almost gone. Hope and pray this helps.

  6. Angie says:

    Oh my gosh. I am 35 and this is my srcond time with stones that I know about. I passed 2 4mmstones and 2 3mm ines. Now I have two small ones on the left and two 5mm on right. I have been given choice as I want to get pregnant in the next year to either try and psss them or do the shockwaves to break them up. I am scared about kidney damage as my 4 year old son has kidney disease and my dad is on dialysis. What should I do? Any thoughts?

    • Julia says:

      Hi Angie:
      I have passed a 6 x 4 mm stone before. Drink plenty of lemon juice/lime juice. Drink a gallon of lemonaide every day. This helps your kidney to contract and push the stones out. See my response to Deb above.

  7. terri says:

    just found out I have staghorn stone. haven’t had stone(s) for 15 years, at least ones that have bothered me. when I previously had stone(s) removed it was thru liproscopy I believe. now I hear there are meds you can take to help them pass but after doing some reading it does not look hopeful for this type stone. any ideas? thanks!

  8. Mary Duff says:

    I just spent Saturday night in the hospital because of a kidney stone that came we Ithaca a uti…
    Said stone measure 1.5 inches … yes I typed it correctly and your read irncorrectly

    • Julia says:

      Mary, it seems as though you may require surgery. Depending on what type of stone it is (the make up of the stone), it can dissolve by drinking Lemon or Lime Juice everyday. At least 1 gallon a day. Please limit your sugar intake. If you can drink it with just water that is even better.

  9. andrea says:

    i have a kidney stone till now, it measure of 1.7 cm.. what im going to do? because i have no lots of money.. need response!

    • Rob Patroney says:

      HI, I am not a qualified practioner but I have done considerable study on many issues, our urine is slightly acid mostly and some kidney stones form in this acidic medium and will dissolve when your urine turns alkaline either by using bicarb or just plain ural. Just take the dose it says on the packet and your urine will be alkalised and they will be dissolved in approx. 24 to 48 hours. I have seen all kinds of weird and wonderful cures on the net that people have posted and one in particular selling his cure ,I just shake my head at some of these so called cures, just use ural,its main ingredient is bicarb, and your doctor will not tell you this for obvious reasons ,money.

      • Esther Garrison says:

        I’m interested in where to buy this? Or do we need a prescription?

        • Judy Vass says:

          What Rob is saying is baking soda. Look at the box of baking soda and it says 100% Sodium Bicarbonate. I did not know it would disolve kidney stones but I did know that urine is acidic and bicarbonate will change to alkalized. Most likely a box in your kitchen cabinet. It works on upset stomach too. and the box of Arm and Hammer has lots of uses. If I get yellow jacket sting I grab the baking soda and make a paste with water. It stops hurting and keeps me out of the doctors office!

  10. syed Salman says:

    7x5mm of stone size means what

  11. James Kelly says:

    I have had 308 KS They have caused Kidney failure. I am now in stage 3 KF. thanks to the kidney stones

  12. Bonnie says:

    Bonnie, December 11, 2016

    I ame 62, I presently have 2 kidney stones one measuring 5mm and the other
    4mm. I am scared of what the pain is going to be like when I pass them. I am
    on a blood thinner (Xelto) and I am scared of bleeding to much. I am drinking
    water with a lemon slice in it to see if it will desolve them a little.

    • Katie Rivers says:

      Dear Bonnie…i am 58…i have been passing kidney stones for years the biggest one i passed 3 yrs ago…..was a 9mm…..its actually not painful to me but i felt like a sharp cut that was like a second……then a few days later i felt it there and and i sat on my throne and wiggled my body and pushed and peed & it popped out.

    • Stephanie says:

      Dear Bonnie,
      Don’t be afraid. I have passed so many stones that size by myself and on Warfarin. There is a lot of blood but not like you’re going to bleed out and sometimes there isn’t blood much even on the blood thinner. Just be the stone and let it go.. Presently have something in my left kidney i hope I don’t have to have surgery for this one. WOrst pain yet and I’ve passed a 5.8 mm.. so no telling what this is. Keep your chin up! Love, Stephanie.. 48.. Bladder cancer patient

    • Julia says:

      Good afternoon Bonnie:

      Put more than a lemon slice. Put a lot of lemon juice in your bottle. Take a regular 16 oz bottle of water and drink out enough water to right were the hump starts to go straight. what is about abut 2 oz of water. replace the water with lemon or Real Lime juice. that will help you dissolve them. I passed mine without bleeding. It was painful but my 6 x 4mm passed.

  13. Judy says:

    I am a stone former too and have been for 30 years. I have had over 20 and I have passed half of them with the rest removed by lithotripsy, ureteroscopy, and PNL surgery. I have had several 24 urine chemistry tests specially called Super Saturation tests. The results show what type of kidney stones I am forming. Mine are the common ones called calcium oxalate. Much has changed the last two years regarding how to prevent them besides meds there is a special diet. I have found out I have been eating the wrong food which helps to make my kidney stones. If you google “low oxalate diet” you will find the best website regarding kidney stone prevention from the University of Chicago Medical Center. It is tells you all the veggies and grains that you can’t eat (all meats and fish are ok) besides the obvious foods such as almonds/nuts, spinach/beets, chocolate. I didn’t know that potatoes, beans, raspberries, oranges, etc where bad for me. There is a long list of food with high oxalate levels that are to be avoided. (I do eat some of them on holidays or on vacation.) This site is also interactive….you can ask questions of the MD and the dietitian!! Yes, you still have to drink water and also take in moderate amounts of calcium too. Check out this website it’s great. Good luck!

    • robert says:

      20? I passed that many in just the past week and a half. I’ve had over 200 stones in 3 years. Tired of ER trips just for pain relief.

    • Rob Patroney says:

      HI, I just posted a comment on dissolving some kidney stones, and just thought I’d mention that is ok to eat calcium rich foods but don’t take calcium supplements as they will cause calcium based kidney stones, and have magnesium rich foods.

  14. john newton says:

    hi i just like to say i know how every one feels. im 64 years old. and i have been fighting kidney stones off and on for 60 years.. and right now i have stones in both kidneys. one is 1.2 and the other is 3.6. i have been waiting on the v.a. doctors. for nearly two months. and they are draging there dam feet. so i say to you all. hope you dont get them anymore.

    • Maria says:

      God bless you. I can relate to the pain you have. Keep bugging them daily.

    • Anna Fontanez says:

      Did you get your VA team to take care of those stones yet..

    • Gare says:

      No need to wait for DOCS John, be pro-active and dissolve those stones YourSelf by drinking ample quantities(1\2 oz per lb body weight) of pure water daily, distilled is best. In addition to drinking abundant water fast until all Your pains disappear.

      • Carol says:

        That would be like 30 gallons a day of water for 135 pound person right?

        • Cat says:

          Looks like 135 times 2 oz would be 270 oz divided by 128 oz in a gallon would be just over 2 gallons a day. I didn’t know if Gare was recommending 0.5, or one to 2 ounces the way it is written.

      • Stoney says:

        That’s a lot of water, and it can’t dissolve stones. Lemonade can help stop the bonding process of some stones, but water only flushes.

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