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The kidneys function as a filter for the body, removing waste products from the bloodstream and then removing them from the body in the form of urine. Kidney stones are a buildup of mineral waste deposits in the kidney not removed by urination. Stones can form for numerous reasons, such as an imbalance in the chemical composition of urine, inadequate fluid consumption, poor diet (one high in fats, sodium, sugars), blocked or restricted urine flow, or certain diseases (i.e., gout, colitis, arthritis).
Stones begin in the kidney and may either stay there or slowly pass down the ureter (the tube connecting the kidney to the bladder) to reach the bladder before passing through the urethra (the canal through which you urinate). Stones that are small and have a smooth exterior may show no symptoms and may pass unknowingly, but stones that are larger or have a rough exterior may lodge on their way out of the body.
Other options for treatment are:
For a referral to a doctor specializing in kidney stone treatment at Beth Israel in Manhattan or Brooklyn, call our Physician Referral Service at 1-877-484-3466.
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