About Kidney Stones in Children
What Are Kidney Stones?
Kidney stones are solid, pebble-like crystals that form in the kidneys and can block the flow of urine. While they don’t always cause symptoms, they can sometimes be very painful. Our goal is to discover the cause as quickly as possible and start treatment promptly.
Diagnosing Kidney Stones
Kidney stones can run in families, so knowing your health history can help us in diagnosing your child. In addition to health history, we use a variety of tests to determine next steps in treatment.
Sound waves generate images that help us examine your child’s urinary tract and kidneys to look for kidney stones. It’s a gentle exam that doesn’t expose your child to radiation.
Blood and Urine Tests
These help your child's pediatric nephrologist learn what caused the stone to develop and how to prevent kidney stones in the future.