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Kidney Stones: Why me? – From a Patient’s Perspective

patient's perspective

A healthy lifestyle: In some ways I’m a typical kidney stone former, but in other respects, I suppose I’m not.  I’m a female in my early sixties who lives in a very hot and dry climate.  I work full-time.  I’ve … Continue reading

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Cystine Kidney Stones

Cystine stone crystals in urine

Classic “stop sign” crystals seen in the urine of patients with cystine urinary stone disease are illustrated.  Most cystinurics do not have these crystals in their urine but when they are present they confirm the diagnosis. WHAT ARE CYSTINE STONES? … Continue reading

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How much radiation am I getting from x-rays for my stones?

Radiation exposure from medical imaging

Computerized tomography scanning (CT scans or “cat scans”) have revolutionized the ability of physicians to diagnose kidney stones and has resulted in the vast majority of kidney stones nowadays being correctly diagnosed-the important first step in planning the best treatment … Continue reading

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