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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Calcium build up on the kidneys

12/04/2006

Question:

My friend took her son to the doctor because his lower back was hurting they xrayed his back everything seemed to be ok the drs office called the other day and said they found calcium spots on his kidneys he has to go see a specialist and get blood work. We are looking for infromation on what causes calcium spots on the kidneys

Answer:

I am not sure what the term "calcium spots" means. It is somewhat common for children to have stones in the kidneys or to have areas in the kidneys where calcium is building up. These children often have to be evaluated by pediatric nephrologists or urologists to see if there is some problem with the way the kidneys are making urine. A 24 hour urine collection can be helpful to assess if the child has an increased risk of developing stones.

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Response by:

Rama   Jayanthi, MD Rama Jayanthi, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University