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.


460 Responses to Kidney stone gallery

  1. mahidul hussain says:

    sir my wife has a kidney stone left kidney stone size 1.56cm what can i do with out operation can it remove

  2. Kenneth says:

    I’ve suffered with kidney stones for several years now. I’m just 29 and have had stone after stone after stone, or at least colic after colic. Passed a little rock just yesterday. It has never happened before that I just urinate them out like that which is interesting. I started taking cystone just recently. It initially hurt but I was surprised to see a whole stone looking back at me. Anyway, I’d like to find out what type of stone I have. I’m suspecting a bacterial infection in my right kidney. Started getting stones not long after I had a root canal treatment done just before I got ill. Possibly developed chronic systemic infection since the root canal failed. Is there anyone on here who could identify what stone I have, please? From what I’ve seen it could very well be a struvite, or maybe calcium-oxalate. I know how much pain these stones can cause and my prayers go out to everyone who has to deal with them.

  3. Babulal says:

    5cm lift kidney stone

  4. Jimmy Mills says:

    Hello, can anybody help please ? For 12 years now I’ve had what feels like a muscle tear on my right rib cage. If I press 1 particular area in my back it feels where my kidney could be ? I’ve tried everything from physio to accupuncture and nothing helps. Not even my anti inflammatory tabs for spinal stenosis. Please has anyone any ideas ?? Thank you.

    • Kenneth says:

      Jimmy, sounds like nerve pain to me. Believe me that if it were a kidney stone, you would know. Kidney stones only start to cause pain as they exit the kidney and block urine flow, which causes inflammation and swelling in the kidney. This type of pain is Hell on Earth and is said to be worse than childbirth. If I had to describe it, I’d say it probably feels like being shot. It is so, so painful you have no idea. So even if you had a kidney stone, it wouldn’t hurt as long as it’s not moving. When it starts moving, all Hell breaks loose. The intensity of that kind of pain easily makes you vomit. You could very well have some type of inflammation in one of your nerves. You should definitely ask a professional neurologist if the problem persists. Or you could try TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation). Look into it. It might help. Hope it does. Good luck. Get well soon.

      • Bhawanshu Sharma says:

        Ypu are absolutely correct about the pain. 2days back at 4 in the morning i had pain right abdominal part, the pain increased as i reached the hospital. It pains like hell, worst than being shot, continuously 5 hours pain and i was injected several painkillers about 7 times. The stone had exited the kidney stuck in middle. 1day later i got relieved as it passed away….

    • Melissa says:

      I’ve had the same pain you are referring to for about 4 years. My doctor said it was from muscle strain. After getting a ct scan I discovered I had a 10mm and a 7mm Stone in my left kidney. I went through lithotripsy and my pain is completely gone. I cannot tell you how good I feel. My doctor said the stones were most likely
      Moving around in my kidney causing the full pain but too large to pass on their own.
      Have you had a ct scan done of the area?

      • Lisa says:

        I can understand that pain… I’ve had back pain for about five years and was told my kidney function was declining, but they never investigated anything until I ended up in the hospital with excruciating pain. I continue to have lower back pain from stones in my kidneys larger than 5-8mm. I’ve been using Chanca Piedra concentrate plus tablets to help break down the stones. I have less lower back pain and have passed several smaller stones (not painful) and plan to have a follow up CT in the next few months.

  5. Rhonda says:

    I had a kidney removed because of a kidney stone. He said that it looked like a big spider. What kind of kidney stone is this?

  6. Biography says:

    these stones sizes can make you cry day and night.

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